Authorisation / agreements of the Steiner Academy Bristol improvement plan

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Dear Department for Education,

I would like to see the emails / correspondence that authorised / agreed to the SSIF funding package which underlined the school improvement plan post Ofsted 2018.

Emails between Cabot learning and the DfE and also between Steiner Academy Bristol and DfE.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Woodward

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Ms Woodward

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Ref: 2019-0042612

20 January 202

 

Dear Ms Woodward,

 

FOI request 2019-0042612 – SSIF Approval for Steiner Academy Bristol

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 19
December 2019. You requested “I would like to see the emails /
correspondence that authorised / agreed to the SSIF funding package which
underlined the school improvement plan post Ofsted 2018. Emails between
Cabot learning and the DfE and also between Steiner Academy Bristol and
DfE.”. I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

I have interpreted your request as correspondence which relates to the
approval of the SSIF package to support Steiner Academy Bristol by Cabot
Learning Federation.

 

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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

Many thanks for that document.
Could I please see a copy of The curriculum review and the redesigned curriculum produced mentioned in the document ?

I would also like to know which Steiner experts worked in the curriculum re design?

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Woodward

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Ref: 2020-0001923

14 February 2020

 

Dear Ms Woodward

 

FOI request - 2020-0001923. Steiner Consultants input to Curriculum
Re-Design at Steiner Academy Bristol

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 20^th
January 2020 . You requested “specific, detailed documentary evidence of
the input from Steiner consultants into curriculum redesign at the academy
formally known as Steiner Academy Bristol, as outlined on Page 7 of the
Grant Offer Letter for Emergency Funding (grant reference GR1000119, DFE
Reference X231)”. I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

I have interpreted your request as interest in all documentation the
department holds in relation to activity by consultants with Steiner
expertise who worked on the curriculum re-design at Steiner Academy
Bristol by Cabot Learning Federation (CLF). There is no documentation to
release in response to this request. The curriculum re-design element of
the Emergency Support was not started by CLF. This is because the incoming
sponsor, Avanti, set out their intention to conduct a curriculum review
once it took legal responsibility for the schools in November 2019. As a
result, it was agreed that CLF should not complete the curriculum review
element of the Emergency Support work. You will be aware that the Avanti
Curriculum Review Team includes representation from the Steiner Waldorf
Schools Fellowship (SWSF).

 

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remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. An independent review panel, whose
members will not have been involved in the original consideration of your
request, will consider your complaint. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

Yours sincerely

Joanne Hampton

Regional Delivery Directorate

[email address]