Compulsory use of the Young Scot Card contd.

Dr John Welford made this Freedom of Information request to Falkirk Council

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The request was partially successful.

Dr John Welford

Dear Education Services

This is to follow up your response to my earlier request:
Compulsory use of the Young Scot Card
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

and to seek further clarification.

1. You provided the link to the Falkirk High School prospectus. On page 11 in the section ‘School Cafeteria’ it states:



“Every pupil is issued with a Young Scot card at Primary School.
 This can be used as a lunch swipe card. They must keep this 
throughout their time at Falkirk High School...”



This is clear prima facie evidence that Kenneth Roy was quoting
 correctly in his Scottish Review article (3 Mar. 11), and that
 students at Falkirk High School are being issued with compulsory
 Young Scot cards. And also that they are unable to purchase school
 meals without this card.



2. You did not deny the truth of the first sentence in 
the above statement, viz. that all pupils are being issued with
 Young Scot cards. In other words, there is no choice in the matter, 
all pupils are forced to take them.



With regard to access to school meals in Falkirk schools, you referred 
to an alternative “blank swipe card” which can be used instead. 
There is no mention of this option anywhere in the Falkirk High
 School prospectus.



However, I note that you said: “The School Prospectus summarises information for new parents but more detailed information is also 
issued.”



3. You stated that “Parents are made aware of the systems operating 
for payment of school lunches by the individual schools concerned 
and the information provided will vary by school.” You did not, 
however, provide any evidence that this is in fact taking place.



Accordingly:



1. Could you please now confirm whether the statement in the 
Falkirk High School prospectus: 

“Every pupil is issued with a Young Scot card at Primary School.” 

is correct or incorrect.



2. For the current year’s intake into Falkirk Primary School could 
you confirm that all the parents were explicitly informed that it
 was not necessary for pupils to use the Young Scot card to pay for
 school meals.



3. Could you provide me with a copy of the relevant (dated) letter 
or instruction to parents as evidence that they were indeed
 properly and clearly informed.



4. Are there any compulsory uses of the Young Scot card In Falkirk
 schools?



Thanking you.



Yours faithfully



Dr John Welford



NO2ID Edinburgh

Education Services, Falkirk Council

Dear Dr Welford

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Enquiry re: Compulsory
use of the Young Scot Card

I refer to your request for information, dated 5 April 2011. We are
treating your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002.

We have 20 working days to deal with your request from the date
that we received it and you should expect a response on or before 9
May 2011.

Yours sincerely, FOI Officer

Dr John Welford

Dear Education Services

I am contacting you in connection with my Freedom of Information request sent to you on 5 April.

Your response was legally due by 9th May, but is still outstanding one week later. I would therefore be grateful if you could explain the delay, and let me know what the current position is.




Thanking you.

Yours faithfully

Dr John Welford



NO2ID Edinburgh

Education Services, Falkirk Council

1 Attachment

Dear Dr Welford,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Young Scot Card

I write further to your request for information and am now in a
position to provide you with the following response to your
request.

1. The statement “Every pupil is issued with a Young Scot Card at
primary school” should have read “Every pupil is offered a Young
Scot Card at primary school”. We are not aware of any pupil at
Falkirk High School who has declined the card.

2. I am assuming that you are enquiring about the current year’s
intake at Falkirk High School as there is no Falkirk Primary
School. This year’s intake have not yet been issued with
information on school catering. This will be done as part of the
usual pupil transition programme, before the end of the school
year. Accordingly I cannot provide a copy of this information as it
has not yet been produced.

3. There are no compulsory uses of the Young Scot Card in Falkirk
Council schools.

I hope that the information above is of use to you. I attach for
your information a leaflet detailing your right to complain if you
are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled.

Dr John Welford

Dear Education Services



I am grateful for your response.

Unfortunately, the information provided does not fully answer all the questions which I raised. I shall therefore rephrase and refocus some of the questions, and submit these in a further follow-up FOI request. Hopefully this can then bring my enquiries to an end.



Thanking you.



Yours faithfully



Dr John Welford



NO2ID Edinburgh

Dr John Welford left an annotation ()

My further follow-up FOI request can be found here:



Compulsory use of the Young Scot Card contd. contd.
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

sheila struthers left an annotation ()

This is only a small part of the overall plan. Read more here: http://www.home-education.biz/forum/gene...

The Children and Young People Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament makes provision for universal data sharing without consent and intrusive surveillance of every child and associated adult, along with the imposition of a Named Person (other than a parent) on every child. A petition to raise awareness among the 129 MSPs (who appear to have missed the fact that children are now all deemed to be 'at risk of failing to meet state dictated outcomes') has been created here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/m...