School effectiveness review: JFS

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Brent Borough Council.

Dear Brent Borough Council,

Please would you send me a copy of the report of the School Effectiveness Review carried out at JFS earlier this year.

I would like the report in electronic format and to this email address.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Taylor

Cate Duffy,

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Brent Council
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley HA9 0FJ
[email address]
 
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Cate Duffy,

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 20 June
2016, as follows:
Dear Brent Borough Council,

Please would you send me a copy of the report of the School Effectiveness
Review carried out at JFS earlier this year.

I would like the report in electronic format and to this email address.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Taylor
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 19 July 2016.
 
In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Cate Duffy

Interim Operational Director Safeguarding, Performance and Strategy
Children and Young People
Brent Council

 
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Malkesh Padaliya,

1 Atodiad

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 20 June 2016.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Cate Duffy

Interim Operational Director - Safeguarding, Performance and Strategy
Children and Young People
Brent Council

 
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Dear Brent Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Brent Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'School effectiveness review: JFS'. You have invoked the exemption under section 36 (2) (c). I believe however that

1. you have not followed the necessary process to apply this exemption
2. the exemption is not engaged; and
3. even if the exemption were engaged, in this case, the public interest lies clearly in the release of information.

Section 36 requires the decision on whether the exemption is engaged to be taken by the authority's "qualified person". Your response has not made any mention of the qualified person - who I understand to be the council's Monitoring Officer - being involved in this decision.

You argue that the exemption is engaged because "We would not be able to conduct future reviews in this open and honest way if school leaders knew that the reports would be issued to the public, and this would prevent us from fulfilling our statutory duty". I believe this to be unevidenced supposition. As you point out local authorities have a duty to work with schools to promote high standards. You are suggesting that if schools knew the outcomes of reviews would be published they would not cooperate. There is good evidence that schools cooperate fully with Ofsted in the full knowledge that reports will be published. Further, it seems unlikely to be that schools will not cooperate with a public body carrying out their statutory duties - not least because failure to cooperate could trigger a complaint to Ofsted and a subsequent full inspection. Schools have presumably previously cooperated knowing that reports are covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

I do not accept that the exemption is engaged, however I will consider your application of the public interest test. In this case, it is crucial to look at the context. As you are aware (but the ICO aren't) JFS was inspected by Ofsted in the summer of 2014 and downgraded from Outstanding to Requires Improvement. It is in this context that the Council carried out its review. Following the governing body meeting at which this report was received (alongside two others which have been released to me by the school), the headteacher left the school. These two facts may or may not be related. However, it seems that those in the school community deserve to understand the context and current performance of the school to enable them to make choices and to help hold the school to account. This public benefit is far greater than normal transparency and far outweighs the possible administrative convenience of withholding the information.

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

I would be grateful if you would confirm receipt of this email and that the review will be carried out within 20 working days as the ICO recommend.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Taylor

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 12 July 2016. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with the way we have handled your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
I can confirm that we are considering your concerns and we will aim to
provide you with a response by 9 August 2016.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Cate Duffy
Director of Early Help and Education
Children and Families
[email address]
 
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Looqman Desai,

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Your request for an Internal Review is being considered, however due to
the need to consider additional public interest arguments and due to
upcoming leave by the Chief Executive, it has become necessary to extend
the Internal Review deadline to the full 40 days specified in the Code of
Practice. You should therefore receive a response by the 5th September
2016.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Looqman Desai
[email address]
 
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Looqman Desai,

1 Atodiad

Information request
Our reference: 5761596

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Dear Mr. Taylor
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Please find attached the Council's response to your request for an
internal review of your FOI request.

Yours sincerely
 
 
Looqman Desai
[email address]
 
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Gadawodd David Roberts anodiad ()

JFS have had ofsted now - do you want to retry based on the report they said?