Cancellation of NPD Appathon 2

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From: Phil Booth

9 November 2012

Dear Department for Education,

With reference to the 'National Pupil Database Appathon 2'
sponsored by DfE and organised by Rewired State that was scheduled
to occur on September 22nd and 23rd 2012 in Birmingham, but which
appears not to have happened:

http://www.creativetimes.co.uk/news/rewi...
- published details of event

http://rewiredstate.org/hacks/pupildata2 - page missing from
Rewired State website

Please provide:

1) A copy of the contract or agreement between DfE and Rewired
State for this event

2) Copies of any e-mails (including attachments) and other
documents relating to this contract, including any and all data
agreements and guidance from DfE

3) Copies of any DfE meeting minutes, e-mails or other records of
communication relating to the cancellation or postponement of the
event

4) Copies of any e-mails (including attachments) and other
documents relating to the cancellation or postponement of the event
sent between DfE and Rewired State

Yours faithfully,

Phil Booth

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Department for Education

12 November 2012

Dear Mr Booth

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2012/0074473

Thank you

Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
Tel: 0370 000 2288

Web: www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

7 December 2012

Dear Mr Booth,
Thank you for your email dated 9th November about the appathon event
scheduled to take place on the 22nd and 23rd of September.
I am writing to confirm that I have responded to your request and that you
will receive it shortly.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2012/0074473. If
you need to respond to us, please visit [1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus,
and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Sinclair
Data and Statistics Division
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

7 December 2012


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Dear Phil

 

I refer to your request for information, which was received on 9^th
November 2012. You requested information related to the Appathon event
that was scheduled to occur on September 22^nd and 23^rd.   I have dealt
with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

We have interpreted your request as seeking disclosure of copies of the
emails (including all attachments) or meeting minutes which contain the
following related to the postponed event:

Section 1:

1) A copy of the contract or agreement between DfE and Rewired State for
this event, and

    

2) Copies of any e-mails (including attachments) and other documents
relating to this contract, including any and all data agreements and
guidance from DfE

 

Please find attached a final version of the draft contract prepared for
the event and the email to Rewired State that contained this contract. 
The contract contains the specific data agreements that Rewired State and
the developers would have been expected to sign up to if the event had
gone ahead.  We were intending to provide developers attending the event
with access to ‘dummy’ data but were applying the same terms and
conditions that we applied to the previous event held in July using ‘live’
data.  A small section of this contract has been withheld under Section 35
of the Act and further information on this exemption is provided below.

 

Section 2:

 

3) Copies of any DfE meeting minutes, e-mails or other records of
communication relating to the cancellation or postponement of the event,
and

    

4) Copies of any e-mails (including attachments) and other documents
relating to the cancellation or postponement of the event sent between DfE
and Rewired State

 

I have included copies of any DfE meeting minutes, e-mails or other
records of communication relating to the cancellation or postponement of
the event and emails sent between DfE and Rewired State.

 

Some of the information in the documents enclosed is being withheld
because the following exemption(s) apply to this information:

 

Section 35 of the Act

 

The withheld information relates to the formulation or development of
government policy. This is a qualified exemption, and to withhold
information in reliance on this exemption it is necessary to consider
whether or not the public interest in withholding the information
requested outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.  The Department
has considered whether the public interest lies in disclosing or
withholding the information. 

 

The considerations for disclosure in this instance include the general
public interest in providing greater transparency and accountability for
decision-making processes. There is a public interest in allowing the
public to understand decisions made by public authorities affecting the
lives and work of fellow citizens. There is also a public interest in
accountability and transparency in policy matters which relate to the
spending of public money, and a general public interest in understanding
how government works.

 

The case for withholding rests principally in the nature of policy making
about sensitive and high profile issues. Ministers and those advising them
need to have the necessary confidence and space to carry out a difficult
task effectively. Public interest and accountability are, under certain
circumstances, more appropriately served without the disclosure of
provisional advice or assumptions because such disclosure is likely to
have a distracting, disruptive or otherwise detrimental effect on the
formulation and development of government policy. In particular,
disclosure in this instance is likely to have an inhibiting effect on the
free and frank provision of advice to Ministers on the National Pupil
Database.

 

There are live issues associated with the information requested and this
may be subject to further change. Disclosure of this information, whilst
the policy is in the process of formulation, is highly unlikely to be in
the public interest.

 

It is therefore our considered opinion that the balance of public interest
in retaining some of the information requested outweighs that in
disclosure. 

 

Section 40 of the Act

 

Some of the information requested includes details of individuals who are
not in the public domain including junior officials in the Department and
employees of Rewired State. The personal data of the individuals concerned
is exempt if its disclosure would contravene the data protection
principles in the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
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.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 

 

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,

 

Paul Sinclair

Department for Education

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