Educational Concerns

J Carter made this Freedom of Information request to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,

A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with elective home education became known? E.g. School, Doctor, self-referral, concerns about the educational provision reported etc.

i) Does the local authority seek to satisfy itself that the educational provision the parent(s) are providing is suitable to the child's age, aptitude, ability and any SEN as soon as they become aware that parents are electively home educating, regardless of how they become known to the local authority?

ii) How many instances have there been from June 2016, 2017 and to the date of this FOI where the person dealing with elective home education has or has had concerns that a 'suitable' education is not being provided?

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down into categories:

1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?
2) whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate - for example in the case of autonomous or child led learning, that the particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?
3) whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approach?
4) or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?
5) a qualified third party is not involved in the child’s education?
6) An educational report has not been provided by a third party such as; a teacher etc.

C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were proven?

i) Of the children in the above 6 categories, please indicate if further steps have or are being taken - for example, referred to CME or issued with a School Attendance Order. Please break it down into each year asked for.

ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2016 and 2017.

iii) Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are currently in court for this population?

Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective home education including policies, procedures (2015 - present).

Please provide copies of all recorded communications relating to elective home education (2017 - present), including any e-mail attachments.

This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents or information that falls under S40 (which I expect to be redacted).

Yours faithfully,

J Carter

FOI Information Governance Team,

Information request
Our reference: 3235596
 

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 13 March
2018, the details of which are given below:
 
A) Can you please categorise how those known to the team dealing with
elective home education became known? E.g. School, Doctor, self-referral,
concerns about the educational provision reported etc.
i) Does the local authority seek to satisfy itself that the educational
provision the parent(s) are providing is suitable to the child's age,
aptitude, ability and any SEN as soon as they become aware that parents
are electively home educating, regardless of how they become known to the
local authority?
ii) How many instances have there been from June 2016, 2017 and to the
date of this FOI where the person dealing with elective home education has
or has had concerns that a 'suitable' education is not being provided?

B) I would also appreciate it if this information could be broken down
into categories:
1) whether they feel that no education is taking place?
2) whether they feel that the philosophy of education is inadequate - for
example in the case of autonomous or child led learning, that the
particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?
3) whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a
structured approach?
4) or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed
is causing concern?
5) a qualified third party is not involved in the child's education?
6) An educational report has not been provided by a third party such as; a
teacher etc.

C) I would like to know of these children, how many of these concerns were
proven?
i) Of the children in the above 6 categories, please indicate if further
steps have or are being taken - for example, referred to CME or issued
with a School Attendance Order. Please break it down into each year asked
for.
ii) Please indicate how many of these went to court in 2016 and 2017.
iii) Please also indicate if any Education Supervision Orders are
currently in court for this population?

Finally, please provide all recorded documentation relating to elective
home education including policies, procedures (2015 - present).

Please provide copies of all recorded communications relating to elective
home education (2017 - present), including any e-mail attachments.

This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education
team and electively home educating parents or information that falls under
S40 (which I expect to be redacted).
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  and we aim to send a response by 13 April 2018.
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable.  If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000  may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions  apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate). 
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Dawn Waller
Corporate Records Manager
Business Transformation Directorate
Solihull Council
[1]www.solihull.gov.uk
 
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FOI Information Governance Team,

Information request
Our reference: 3235596
 

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam,‏
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA)
 
We are currently processing your request, but have been asked by the
service area to seek clarification from you in respect of the following:

"Please provide copies of all recorded communications relating to elective
home education (2017 - present), including any e-mail attachments. 
 
This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education
team and electively home educating parents or information that falls under
S40 (which I expect to be redacted)."
 
They have advised that this part of the request alone would take well in
excess of 18 hours, as all members of the service would have to
review each piece of work about EHE since 2017. We will not be able to
take this matter further without this clarification; please let us know by
23/04/2018. If we do not hear from you by this date, we shall assume that
you do not wish to pursue this request and it will be closed. 
 
Yours faithfully,
 
 
Carol Bowdery
Corporate Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team
Solihull Council
[1]www.solihull.gov.uk
 
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Dear FOI Information Governance Team,

"Please provide copies of all recorded communications relating to elective home education (2017 - present), including any e-mail attachments.

This does not include communications between the Elective Home Education team and electively home educating parents or information that falls under S40 (which I expect to be redacted)."

This has already been heavily condensed. It pertains to any communications relating to elective home education between the EHE team and other departments and/or other local authorities.

Please answer the freedom of information request either in full, or in part.

Yours sincerely,

J Carter

FOI Information Governance Team,

Information request
Our reference: 3371596
 

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam,‏
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA)
 
Thank you for your email received on 27 April 2018. However, your request
will not be processed as the cost of locating and retrieving the
information sought, exceeds the 'appropriate limit'; which is currently
set at £450 for local authorities. This limit represents the estimated
cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the Council
holds the information and locating, retrieving and extracting it. 

Under Section 12 FoIA, the Council is not obliged to comply with your
request and we will not be processing your request further. If you were to
make a new request for a narrower category of information, it may be that
we could comply with that request within the appropriate limit; although
we cannot guarantee that this will be the case. In accordance with S17
FoIA, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

If you wish to request a review of our decision or make a complaint about
how your request has been handled under the legislation,you should write
to the following address or reply to this email.

Corporate Information Governance Manager

Resources Directorate

Council House, Manor Square

Solihull, B91 3QB

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 after this, you remain dissatisfied that your request or review has not
been handled correctly, you may apply directly 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 ICO can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545
745 (national rate). Website: [1]www.ico.org.uk 

Yours faithfully,
 
 
Carol Bowdery
Corporate Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team
Solihull Council
[2]www.solihull.gov.uk
 
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