Dear Kent County Council,

Please, can you send me the following information?

1) The form primary school heads use when making a Head Teacher Assesment (HTA) recommendation for a pupil who did not pass the Kent Test.

2) Details of numbers of children reviewed by each of the HTA area panels in 2018 (I believe there are three of these area panels?) how many pupils did each panel upheld
to be deemed Selective?

3) For the Kent Test of September 2018 how many pupils in Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay (and surrounding villages) in total sit the test, and how any were classed 'Selective' a) through passing the test b) through HTA.

4) In total how many pupils are in year 6 in Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay (and surrounding villages) primary schools according to your latest data.

Thank you for the help.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

 

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Our reference: 5766865

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Dear Ms Bartley
 
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Dear Ms Bartley
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 1 April 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Carly Wattle
Information Access Officer
Strategic and Corporate Services
+443000417061

 
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Dear Kent County Council,

Thank you very much for your thorough reply. I just have a couple of follow-up questions on the Head Teacher Panels data.

The East Kent Panel considered 983 appeals and assessed 63% of the pupils as selective.

The Mid Kent Panel considered 657 appeals and assessed 49% of the pupils as selective.

The North West Panel considered 416 appeals and assessed 59% of the pupils as selective.

The West Kent Panel considered 275 appeals and assessed 41% of the pupils as selective.

Could you let me know which geographical area each panel covers, and how many primary schools submit to each panel?

I am curious why there are many more HTA appeals in East Kent than West, so if you have details of the schools and/or pupil numbers eligible to submit to each panel I hope this will explain that.

I am also interested in why 63% of pupils considered by a panel in East Kent are turned from 'high school' to 'grammar school, while just 41% are in West Kent.

The HTA form says... 'The selection procedure is based on objective testing. It is Kent LA’s policy to use the standardised results of the three tests as the major indicator which will automatically select approximately 20% of the county - wide cohort, leaving a percentage for assessment by Head Teacher Panels so as to achieve a genuine 25% selection as the final outcome across the whole LA.'

So could you tell me whether each HTA panel is given a quota of places to fill in order to make up the local % to 25%? I assume the East Kent panel needs to turn more pupils who fail the Kent Test to 'grammar standard' to fit the local percentages, while the West Kent panel can not convert many to 'grammar standard' as the area may have a higher number passing the test through the score?

I hope you can send some information on how this works, as each year's data has the same pattern with a higher proportion of East Kent pupils having their test results changed.

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley,

 

Thank you for your email, which I have passed on to the relevant team to
deal with. To clarify, this is now being dealt with as a follow on query
to your previous request under the same reference – 5766865.

 

The FOIA does not legislate for follow on requests and therefore there is
no statutory timeframe for us to respond within. However, I will endeavour
to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later than 31^st May
2019.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Carly Wattle | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 417061 | Fax 03000 420303 |[1]Access to
Information | Please see our [2]Information Rights Privacy Notice for
details of how we process your personal data in line with our data
protection obligations.

 

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Our reference: 6648768

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Dear Ms Bartley
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your email which we received on 23 May 2019.
 
Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under 
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Assuming KCC holds this information,
we will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no
later than 21 June 2019 (20 working days from date of receipt).
 
We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information.
 
Please quote our reference - 6648768 in any communication regarding this
particular request.
 

Please see our [1]Information Rights Privacy Notice for details of how we
process your personal data.

 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Carly Wattle
Information Access Officer
Strategic and Corporate Services
+443000417061
 
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Dear Mrs Bartley,

 

Please note that there has been some confusion with the request below.
This was also set up as a new request for information under reference
number – 6648768. This has now been closed and you will no longer be
receiving a response for this as this is the same request as the one shown
below. This is being dealt with as a follow on and has been answered
below. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused and I hoped that
this has cleared things up.

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Kent Test 2018. Please see the
response provided below:

 

Could you let me know which geographical area each panel covers, and how
many primary schools submit to each panel?

 

The panel areas reflect the communities served by the grammar schools, so
some schools in individual districts (eg Tonbridge and Malling, Sevenoaks)
are attached to their nearest panel. As a broad indication, however:

 

East Kent covers Canterbury, Dover, Swale and Thanet.

 

Mid Kent covers Ashford, Folkestone and Hythe, Maidstone and Malling

 

North West Kent covers Dartford and Gravesham.

 

West Kent covers Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

 

Each panel serves local linked independent schools as well as maintained
schools and takes responsibility each year for a share of referrals from
outside Kent on a broadly geographical basis. According to our records,
the number of Kent schools currently linked to the panels is:

 

EK 161

MK 159

NWK 75

WK 98

 

I am curious why there are many more HTA appeals in East Kent than West,
so if you have details of the schools and/or pupil numbers eligible to
submit to each panel I hope this will explain that.

 

The number of schools a panel serves is a relevant factor in how many
cases are referred. Another consideration is the number of children who
exceed the threshold scores in each area. In all areas, referral is at the
professional discretion of the Heads involved.

 

I am also interested in why 63% of pupils considered by a panel in East
Kent are turned from 'high school' to 'grammar school, while just 41% are
in West Kent.

 

All panels reach a professional judgement about children’s academic
ability based on the evidence they see for any case referred.

 

The HTA form says... 'The selection procedure is based on objective
testing. It is Kent LA’s policy to use the standardised results of the
three tests as the major indicator which will automatically select
approximately 20% of the county - wide cohort, leaving a percentage for
assessment by Head Teacher Panels so as to achieve a genuine 25% selection
as the final outcome across the whole LA.'

 

So could you tell me whether each HTA panel is given a quota of places to
fill in order to make up the local % to 25%?

 

Panels are not given “a quota of places to fill”. Through primary school
referrals, the HTA process looks in finer detail at children whose scores
are close to the threshold, children whose scores may not be
representative and children who cannot be assessed through testing. The
process considers children’s suitability for a grammar school education,
irrespective of the number of grammar school places available in an area.
A grammar assessment does not guarantee a grammar place.

 

I assume the East Kent panel needs to turn more pupils who fail the Kent
Test to 'grammar standard' to fit the local percentages, while the West
Kent panel cannot convert many to 'grammar standard' as the area may have
a higher number passing the test through the score?

 

As mentioned above, how many cases are referred to a panel will, of
course, be affected by how many children locally exceed the threshold
score in the first place. Your assumptions, however, reflect a belief that
panels are required to work to a quota, which – as also mentioned above -
is not so. There is no obligation on panel members – the majority of whom
are primary school heads – to do anything other than make the best
decision they can for each child on the evidence presented to them.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, you have 40 working days from the date of this response
to ask for a review. You can do this by following our complaints process;
details can be found at this link
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on our website. Please quote reference 5766865.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can appeal to
the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to
pursue this course of action, are available from the Information
Commissioner’s website [2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Carly Wattle | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 417061 | Fax 03000 420303 |[3]Access to
Information | Please see our [4]Information Rights Privacy Notice for
details of how we process your personal data in line with our data
protection obligations.

 

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