July 2019 - Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data

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Dear Highland Council,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request.
Please could the Council provide:

(For Qs 1-3 below this data was already requested in an FoI by Sarah McCluckie via the WDTK website in early May so I am looking for either confirmation that your response to that FoI is still accurate or an update on the data if there have been any subsequent applications and decisions).

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and
b) continued funding in council run settings.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in
a) private/voluntary settings and
b) council run settings.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process) did the Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2018 and today?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2019 instead of Aug 2020 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2020)?

7b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

8. Is the Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently under review or are there any plans to update it in the near future?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Highland Council

Case Ref: HC0226-5771  
Dear Patricia Anderson, 
We acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the
FOI legislation received on 18/07/2019.
Subject: 
Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data
Request Detail:
Please see attached
The Highland Council will endeavour to respond within the legislative time
scale of 20 working days from date of receipt unless further clarification
of your request is required.
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Patricia Anderson

Dear Highland Council,

Please can you advise when I will receive the council's response to the FoI request I submitted on 18/7/19 as the 20 working days it was ďue to be completed in have now passed.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Patricia Anderson

Dear Highland Council,

Please can you advise when I will receive the council's response to the FoI request I submitted on 18/7/19 as the 20 working days it was due to be completed in have now passed.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Patricia Anderson

Dear Highland Council,

I wrote to you on 17/8/19 to ask when I would receive a response to the FoI request I submitted on 18/7/19 as I should have received a response by 16/8/19. However, I have not heard back from you to clarify this nor have I received a response to my original FoI request. Please can you conduct an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Miles Watters, Highland Council

Dear Ms Anderson,

I refer to your request below and apologise for the time taken to respond
and for the fact that you have had to contact the Scottish Information
Commissioner.

 

Questions 1 to 4

The table below provides the data that we hold centrally in relation to
discretionary deferral funding.   This table shows that only one request
has been refused after appeal in the past two school years.

 

We don’t have the information centrally on the dates of birth of each
child and so the data will relate to children with dates of birth between
August and the end of February for the relevant school years.  We are,
therefore unable to provide the specific answers to the questions you’ve
asked under questions 1 to 4 because in order to do so we would have to
review each of the applications received to identify the child’s date of
birth and collate the information.  We believe that this would take the
cost of complying with your request over the £600 threshold for response
set by the legislation.  Where this threshold is exceeded, the Council is
not obliged to comply with the request.

 

2019/2020 2018/19
Number Number Number of Number Number
Number of children granted granted children granted granted
applied for funding funding applied funding funding
Deferred Entry Year before after for before after
appeal appeal Deferred appeal appeal
Entry Year
Private
settings 39 39 0 63 63 0
Council
settings 166 151 15 189 186 2

 

Question 5:

These figures are provided in the table above.

 

Question 6:

We have a central record of 4 official complaints regarding pupil
deferrals since November 2018.  However please note that many complaints
will be dealt with at the front line – i.e., in person with school staff –
and these would not be centrally recorded.

 

Question 7:

We have received 1 application for early entry to primary school which was
approved.

 

Question 8:

The Council has recently approved an updated Discretionary Deferral policy
and the report and policy are available on our web site.
[1]https://www.highland.gov.uk/download/mee...

 

I hope that the information provided is sufficient.  If you remain
dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, you have the right to appeal
to the Scottish Information Commissioner. His contact details are:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner,

Kinburn Castle,

Doubledykes Road,

St Andrews, Fife

KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

e-mail: [2][email address]

 

Your request should contain details of the aspects of the Council's
response with which you are dissatisfied and should be made within 6
months of receipt of this review response. If you are subsequently
dissatisfied with the outcome of your appeal to the Commissioner you then
have the right of appeal to the Court of Session regarding a point of law.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Miles Watters

 

Miles Watters | Freedom of Information & Data Protection Manager |

Chief Executive's Office | The Highland Council | Glenurquhart Road |
Inverness IV3 5NX |

Tel. 01463 702029 | [3]www.highland.gov.uk |

 

 

 

 

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Gadawodd Richard Taylor anodiad ()

We have copied the table into a Google Spreadsheet which is available at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

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Dear Highland Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Highland Council's handling of my FOI request 'July 2019 - Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data'.

I would like the Council to review its decision not to provide a response to questions 1- 4 . The Council stated, "We are, therefore unable to provide the specific answers to the questions you’ve asked under questions 1 to 4 because in order to do so we would have to review each of the applications received to identify the child’s date of birth and collate the information. We believe that this would take the cost of complying with your request over the £600 threshold for response set by the legislation."

I would be happy to simply receive the total number of applications for continued ELC funding made to Highland Council (all of which you stated in your response were granted) for children turning 5 after the school commencement date in Aug 2019 and by 31st Dec 2019 (those with a legal right to defer p1 start under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 but not an automatic entitlement to continued ELC funding). I do not agree that checking the individual forms, even when taking into account that there are 205 of them, to see if a child's DOB fell within that timeframe and collating a tally of these would cost more than £600 at the nominal hourly rate of £15 per hour which, as far as I understand it, is the basis on which such cost calculations are made.

I would be grateful if the decision could therefore be reconsidered.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Dear Highland Council,

Further to my email of 4/11/19 requesting a review of Highland Council's decision not to provide certain data requested in my 18/7/19 FoI request, I would like to retract that request (my understanding now is that I have no right to request a second review) and resubmit it here as a new Freedom of Information request.

Therefore, please could the Council provide the total number of applications it received for continued early learning and childcare (nursery) funding (all of which you stated in your previous response were granted) for children turning 5 after the school commencement date in Aug 2019 and by 31st Dec 2019 (those with a legal right to defer p1 start under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, section 32, sub-section 3 but not an automatic entitlement to continued ELC funding).

A full history of my 18/7/19 FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Highland Council

Case Ref: HC0226-6343  
Dear Ms Anderson, 
We acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the
FOI legislation received on 05/11/2019.
Subject: 
Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data
Request Detail:
Further to my email of 4/11/19 requesting a review of Highland Council's
decision not to provide certain data requested in my 18/7/19 FoI request,
I would like to retract that request (my understanding now is that I have
no right to request a second review) and resubmit it here as a new Freedom
of Information request. Therefore, please could the Council provide the
total number of applications it received for continued early learning and
childcare (nursery) funding (all of which you stated in your previous
response were granted) for children turning 5 after the school
commencement date in Aug 2019 and by 31st Dec 2019 (those with a legal
right to defer p1 start under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, section
32, sub-section 3 but not an automatic entitlement to continued ELC
funding).
The Highland Council will endeavour to respond within the legislative time
scale of 20 working days from date of receipt unless further clarification
of your request is required.
Further information on response times can be found at:
[1]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...
Yours Sincerely,
The Highland Council
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Dear Highland Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Highland Council's handling of my FOI request of 5th November 2019 as I have not yet received a response and the statutory twenty working days for completing this has now passed.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Freedom of Information, Highland Council

Dear Ms Anderson,

Thank you for your email. I confirm that we are treating this as a request for a Review. Your reference number is ENQ303501. Your Review will be dealt with by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Manager.

The Council has 20 working days to provide you with a response however we will aim to provide you with this as soon as possible. Thanks very much.

Kind Regards,

Sean Campbell
Assistant FOI Officer
The Highland Council
[email address]

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Miles Watters, Highland Council

Dear Ms Anderson,
I'm very sorry that your further requested has not been responded to in time.

We have now created a report on our Schools IT system and the answer to you question is 66 pupils.

I would also direct you the report at the link below which was recently presented to committee regarding deferred entry.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/download/mee...

I hope that my response is sufficient.

Please let me know if you require anything else.

Under Section 20 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, you have the right to request that the Highland Council reviews any aspect of how it has dealt with your request. This requirement for review should be put in writing to the Freedom of Information Officer, Chief Executive’s Office, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX, within 40 working days of receipt of this letter. The request should include details of the information requested and the aspects of the Highland Council’s response which you are not satisfied with.

If you are subsequently dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council's review, you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner under Section 47 of the Act, within six months of receiving the Council's review response.

Further guidance on information request reviews and right to appeal can be found on the Scottish Information Commissioner website at www.itspublicknowledge.info .

Yours sincerely,

Miles Watters

Miles Watters | Freedom of Information & Data Protection Manager |
Chief Executive's Office | The Highland Council | Glenurquhart Road | Inverness IV3 5NX |
Tel. 01463 702029 | www.highland.gov.uk |

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