dyslexia and SEN Provision for children in Solihull

Donna Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your response to my freedom of information act request and I refer to your response.

i) Regarding point 3) a) Widney Dyslexia Unit – please can you confirm the qualifications held by the dyslexia teacher.
b) Langley Dyslexia Unit – please can you confirm the qualifications held by the dyslexia teachers.

ii) Regarding point 4) Please confirm that the TA’s within the dyslexia units have no formal qualifications or training to teach SpLD then?

iii) Regarding the dyslexia training program for the TA's run by the LA, how long is the training course offered by the LA and who delivers the program?

Please can you supply a copy of the course teaching materials?

iv) Regarding points 5) and 6) to clarify further:

If a child requires direct support from a SaLT for a Speech and Language Disorder or for their Autism, or a child with Dyspraxia requires an Occupational Therapist to provide direct support in school as part of their Statement of Educational Needs, under Part 3 ‘Special Educational Provision’ of the Statement, I understand that the LEA bear the cost of providing this provision. Please can you assist further with providing the hourly costs in this regard. I believe that the Statementing Officers, Special Educational Needs, Solihull LEA will hold this information.

v) Regarding point 5), you have stated that exceptionally the LA might fund a private SALT if required for specific purposes, and that the market rate is circa £70 per hour. Please can you confirm whether this is to cover the costs of the above – ie direct support to a child who may have this requirement in their Statement of Educational Needs?

vi) Also, please can you confirm the costs to the LA of 'Exceptionally' funding a private Occupational Therapist for specific purposes, (same as per the SaLT? (ie £70 per hour?))

vii) Please can you confirm what the 'exceptional' specific purposes of providing a SaLT or OT might be? (if they are not for providing their services to a child as part of their SEN, as mentioned above).

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response
 within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Donna Jones

Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Jones

 

Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875

 

Thank you for your request for information about dyslexia and  SEN
provision, which we received on 7 September.  Your request is being
considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
and we will aim to provide you with a response by 5 October.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  If this is the
case you will be advised of any considerations, subsequent decisions and
your rights of appeal.  There may also be a fee payable for this
information; this will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is
payable.

 

You will be free to copy, distribute, transmit, adapt or otherwise exploit
any information disclosed to you providing that you do so in accordance
with the conditions which can be found on the council’s website at
[1]http://www.solihull.gov.uk/about/copyrig....

Advice on the Freedom of Information Act is available from the Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website: [2]http://www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Corporate Performance, Policy and Information Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email: [3][email address]

 

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Dear Ms Summerill (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC),

Further to my freedom of information request of 11th September 2012, I have not received a response, and by law Solihull MBC should have responded to my request by the 5th October 2012.

Please can you let me know when I can expect a response?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Donna Jones

Shipway, Andrew (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Jones
 
Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875
 
I am writing in response to your enclosed request for information. I
sincerely apologise for the length of time it has taken to respond. I am
able to provide some of the information sought and to save any further
delay have provided this below
 
i) Regarding point 3) a) Widney Dyslexia Unit – please can you confirm the
qualifications held by the dyslexia teacher. b) Langley Dyslexia Unit –
please can you confirm the qualifications held by the dyslexia teachers.
 
a)  The teacher in charge of the Widney unit has a B.Ed qualification and
OCR Level 5 Teaching and Assessing Dyslexia
b)  The teacher in charge of the Langley unit has a teaching qualification
and Certificate and Diploma for teachers of learners with Specific
Learning Difficulties from OCR, which qualifies her as a specialist
teacher
 
ii) Regarding point 4) Please confirm that the TA’s within the dyslexia
units have no formal qualifications or training to teach SpLD then?
 
One HLTA at Langley undertook a Special Educational Needs course through
Warwick University when she first joined the Centre. All  SSAs at Langley
achieved the HLTA status and have attended all relevant Borough training.
 
iii) Regarding the dyslexia training program for the TA's run by the LA,
how long is the training course offered by the LA and who delivers the
program?  Please can you supply a copy of the course teaching materials?
 
This information will be provided at a later date
 
iv) Regarding points 5) and 6) to clarify further:  If a child requires
direct support from a SaLT for a Speech and Language Disorder or for their
Autism, or a child with Dyspraxia requires an Occupational Therapist to
provide direct support in school as part of their Statement of Educational
Needs, under Part 3 ‘Special Educational Provision’ of the Statement, I
understand that the LEA bear the cost of providing this provision. Please
can you assist further with providing the hourly costs in this regard. I
believe that the Statementing Officers, Special Educational Needs,
Solihull LEA will hold this information.
 
Yes, if either SALT or OT is named in part 3 then the LA would be
responsible for the amount specified in the statement. We believe the cost
for SALT is approximately £60 per hour
 
v) Regarding point 5), you have stated that exceptionally the LA might
fund a private SALT if required for specific purposes, and that the market
rate is circa £70 per hour. Please can you confirm whether this is to
cover the costs of the above – ie direct support to a child who may have
this requirement in their Statement of Educational Needs?
 
This information will be provided at a later date
 
vi) Also, please can you confirm the costs to the LA of 'Exceptionally'
funding a private Occupational Therapist for specific purposes, (same as
per the SaLT? (ie £70 per hour?))
 
This information will be provided at a later date
 
vii) Please can you confirm what the 'exceptional' specific purposes of
providing a SaLT or OT might be? (if they are not for providing their
services to a child as part of their SEN, as mentioned above).
 
This information will be provided at a later date
 
I am currently liaising with the service area who provided the information
and have asked them to provide me with a date when the remaining
information will be supplied. As soon as I have more information I will
let you know. Thank you for your continued patience.
 
I hope this information is of interest and assistance.  If however you are
dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to request a
review of our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been
handled you should write to the Corporate Information Governance Manager,
PO Box 18, Council House, Solihull, West Midlands B91 9QS or email
[Solihull Borough Council request email]
 
Your request for an internal review should be submitted to us within 40
days of receipt by you of this response. Any requests received after this
time will be considered at the discretion of the Corporate Information
Governance Manager.
 
If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO will not make a decision until you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the council.  The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk
 
Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact
me.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
===================================
Mr Andrew Shipway
Corporate information Governance Manager
Corporate Performance, Policy and Information
Business Transformation Directorate
Tel: 0121 704 6251
Fax: 0121 704 8311
Website: [2]www.solihull.gov.uk
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Dear Mr Shipway (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC),

REF: Freedom of Information Request 3875

Further to your recent correspondence, I am reminding you that I am waiting on the rest of the information requested.

Please can you provide me with an update.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Donna Jones

Shipway, Andrew (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Jones
 
Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875
 
I am writing in response to your enclosed request for information. I am
very sorry for the length of time it has taken to process this request but
I'm now in a position to be able to provide answers to the remaining
questions you asked.
 
iii) Regarding the dyslexia training program for the TA's run by the LA,
how long is the training course offered by the LA and who delivers the
program?  Please can you supply a copy of the course teaching materials?
 
The training is provided by Solihull’s Specialist Inclusion Support
Service. The duration of training varies but is a minimum of half a day.
The materials themselves are commercially sensitive as they are only
provided to paying course attendees and therefore I am unable to provide a
copy of the materials. In not supplying this information, the Council is
relying upon section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act which
provides an exemption from the need to provide information where doing so
would prejudice any parties commercial interests. I have also considered
the public interest in releasing the training material and believe that it
is best preserved by non disclosure as the materials would be of value to
competitors of the training provider.
 
v) Regarding point 5), you have stated that exceptionally the LA might
fund a private SALT if required for specific purposes, and that the market
rate is circa £70 per hour. Please can you confirm whether this is to
cover the costs of the above – i.e. direct support to a child who may have
this requirement in their Statement of Educational Needs?
 
Yes, this is to cover those costs.
 
vi) Also, please can you confirm the costs to the LA of 'Exceptionally'
funding a private Occupational Therapist for specific purposes, (same as
per the SaLT? (i.e. £70 per hour?))
 
Yes, it is generally the same, that is, about £70
 
vii) Please can you confirm what the 'exceptional' specific purposes of
providing a SaLT or OT might be? (if they are not for providing their
services to a child as part of their SEN, as mentioned above).
 
If the provision is specified in part 3 of a Statement of Special
Educational Need and it cannot be provided by the NHS.
 
You may copy, distribute, transmit, adapt or otherwise exploit any
information disclosed to you providing to you that you do so in accordance
with the conditions which can be found on the council’s website
[1]http://www.solihull.gov.uk/about/copyrig...
 
I am once again sorry about the delay and thank you for your patience and
I hope this information is of interest and assistance.  If however you are
dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to request a
review of our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been
handled you should write to the Corporate Information Governance Manager,
PO Box 18, Council House, Solihull, West Midlands B91 9QS or email
[2][Solihull Borough Council request email]

Your request for an internal review should be submitted to us within 40
days of receipt by you of this response. Any requests received after this
time will be considered at the discretion of the Corporate Information
Governance Manager.

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO will not make a decision until you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the council.  The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[3]http://www.ico.gov.uk
 
Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact
me.
 
Yours sincerely
 
=====================================
Mr Andrew Shipway
Corporate Information Governance Manager
Corporate Performance, Policy and Information
Commissioning Division
Tel: 0121 704 6251
Email: [4][email address]
Fax: 0121 704 8311
Website: [5]www.solihull.gov.uk
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Shipway, Andrew (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Jones
 
Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875
 
Although I have been unable to provide the actual course materials, I have
just been provided with a booklet that outlines the contents of the
course. I believe the details are contained on page 14. I hope this is of
use to you.
 
Yours sincerely
 
===================================
Mr Andrew Shipway
Corporate information Governance Manager
Corporate Performance, Policy and Information
Business Transformation Directorate
Tel: 0121 704 6251
Fax: 0121 704 8311
Website: [1]www.solihull.gov.uk
===================================
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: Shipway, Andrew (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC)
Sent: 06 November 2012 16:04
To: 'Donna Jones'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875
 
 
Dear Ms Jones
 
Freedom of Information request – Ref 3875
 
I am writing in response to your enclosed request for information. I am
very sorry for the length of time it has taken to process this request but
I'm now in a position to be able to provide answers to the remaining
questions you asked.
 
iii) Regarding the dyslexia training program for the TA's run by the LA,
how long is the training course offered by the LA and who delivers the
program?  Please can you supply a copy of the course teaching materials?
 
The training is provided by Solihull’s Specialist Inclusion Support
Service. The duration of training varies but is a minimum of half a day.
The materials themselves are commercially sensitive as they are only
provided to paying course attendees and therefore I am unable to provide a
copy of the materials. In not supplying this information, the Council is
relying upon section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act which
provides an exemption from the need to provide information where doing so
would prejudice any parties commercial interests. I have also considered
the public interest in releasing the training material and believe that it
is best preserved by non disclosure as the materials would be of value to
competitors of the training provider.
 
v) Regarding point 5), you have stated that exceptionally the LA might
fund a private SALT if required for specific purposes, and that the market
rate is circa £70 per hour. Please can you confirm whether this is to
cover the costs of the above – i.e. direct support to a child who may have
this requirement in their Statement of Educational Needs?
 
Yes, this is to cover those costs.
 
vi) Also, please can you confirm the costs to the LA of 'Exceptionally'
funding a private Occupational Therapist for specific purposes, (same as
per the SaLT? (i.e. £70 per hour?))
 
Yes, it is generally the same, that is, about £70
 
vii) Please can you confirm what the 'exceptional' specific purposes of
providing a SaLT or OT might be? (if they are not for providing their
services to a child as part of their SEN, as mentioned above).
 
If the provision is specified in part 3 of a Statement of Special
Educational Need and it cannot be provided by the NHS.
 
You may copy, distribute, transmit, adapt or otherwise exploit any
information disclosed to you providing to you that you do so in accordance
with the conditions which can be found on the council’s website
[2]http://www.solihull.gov.uk/about/copyrig...
 
I am once again sorry about the delay and thank you for your patience and
I hope this information is of interest and assistance.  If however you are
dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to request a
review of our decision or make a complaint about how your request has been
handled you should write to the Corporate Information Governance Manager,
PO Box 18, Council House, Solihull, West Midlands B91 9QS or email
[3][Solihull Borough Council request email]

Your request for an internal review should be submitted to us within 40
days of receipt by you of this response. Any requests received after this
time will be considered at the discretion of the Corporate Information
Governance Manager.

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO will not make a decision until you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the council.  The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[4]http://www.ico.gov.uk
 
Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact
me.
 
Yours sincerely
 
=====================================
Mr Andrew Shipway
Corporate Information Governance Manager
Corporate Performance, Policy and Information
Commissioning Division
Tel: 0121 704 6251
Email: [5][email address]
Fax: 0121 704 8311
Website: [6]www.solihull.gov.uk
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