SEND staffing in the LA

Eleanor Bernardes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Durham County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Durham County Council,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please send me:
1. The number of full time equivalent members of staff employed centrally by the council with responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND) during each of the years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a. working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that school
2. The numbers of full time equivalent members of staff who are dyslexia and literacy specialists employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a. working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that school
3. The amount of hours contracted to external specialists (for example but not limited to consultants/educational psychologists etc) employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
4. The job specification for the person responsible for:
a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA
5. The qualifications held by the person responsible for the following role in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:
a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

I would like the above information to be provided to me electronically.
If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.
If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully
Eleanor Bernardes

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

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Lawrence Serewicz Tel. 03000 268038

 

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Lawrence Serewicz, Durham County Council

Dear Eleanor Bernardes,

I am writing to clarify your request for information under s.16 of the Act advice and clarification. On question 1 we would be grateful to know if you also mean staff working in SEN support as well as leadership and statutory assessment?

On question 5, as you ask for the qualifications, this is likely to be personal data, which would likely be refused. Would you prefer to have the job description for the post so that you can understand what the minimum requirements are?

Please clarify these two points. Until the response is clarified, the request is paused. If we do not hear from you within 30 calendar days, we will consider the request closed.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Lawrence Serewicz

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Lawrence Serewicz,

Thank you for getting back to me for clarification.

For Q1 I am interested in the size of the whole team, so support staff too.

For Q5, job descriptions will be fine, and thank you for offering this alternative.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

1 Atodiad

 

 

 

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Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

5 Atodiad

Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Response to request for information.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for our late response to your request
for information.  Please see our response attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Christine Paciorek BA(Hons) PC foi and dp

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer 

Information Management Team

Durham County Council

 

Telephone 03000 268036

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