EHE department -suitable education

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I read that you currently have 339 children registered as Electively Home Educated.
Therefore for the purposes of this FOI request , these children are either de-registered from a school or have never been registered with a school.

A) I would like to know of these children how many are there where the visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is 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 particular child is not appearing to be learning 'enough'?
3)whether there are concerns because the family have not implemented a structured approached?
4)or whether the fact that the national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?

C)If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate if further steps are being taken- for example , issuance of a School Attendance Order?

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

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the above categories of concern about 'educational provision suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

F) Lastly is it possible in your Local Authority that Social Services are involved with a family but that The EHE department do not know of this involvement (This involvement would be on an
on-going basis rather than a one off referral which is found to be of no genuine concern)

Yours faithfully,

Tania Berlow

Birmingham City Council

Dear Ms Tania Berlow

Thank you for your request for information held by the Council under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which was received on
03/08/2009.

We will contact you again once it has been ascertained what data is held by
Birmingham City Council. In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if
that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to
you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with
your request.

If you require any further information or are not happy with our response
please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the reference number above in
any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Steve Cullen
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Manager
Children, Young People and Families Directorate
Birmingham City Council

Tel: 0121 464 4591
Email: [email address]

Data Protection Act 1998
The information you have provided within your Freedom of Information
request will be held on our database and may also be held within manual
records for a period of 2 years from the date Birmingham City Council
received your request. Any personal data that you provide to Birmingham
City Council will be held in line with the requirements set out within the
Data Protection Act 1998.

Re Use of Public Sector Information
Where Birmingham City Council is the copyright holder of any information
that may be released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes is permitted without further reference to the City Council. Where
the re-use is for other purposes, such as commercial re-use, the applicant
should notify the City Council in writing to seek approval or agree terms
for re-use.

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Birmingham City Council

Dear Ms Tania Berlow

With regards to your request for information held by the Council under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which was received on
03/08/2009.

We are only able to obtain this data from a service which does not work
during term-time your request will be responded to upon the service
returning to work in early September.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me
quoting the reference number above in any future communications.

We do apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Regards

Melanie Sewell
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer
Children Young People & Families Directorate
Tel: 464-4591

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I ma still waiting a response but have not elevated this to internal review due to the term holidays. please could you indicate when the appropriate person may be available for responding? thank you

Yours faithfully,

Tania Berlow

Birmingham City Council

I will be out of the office starting 28/08/2009 and will not return until
07/09/2009.

In my absence please contact the Corporate Information Goverance Team:
Email DP Contacts or ring 303 4876 for urgent Data Protection queries.
Email FOI Contacts or ring 303 2080 for urgent Freedom of Information
queries.
I will respond to all non-urgent matters when i return to work on
07/09/2009

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Birmingham City Council

Dear Tania Berlow

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

A) I would like to know of these children how many are there where the
visiting person has concerns that a 'suitable' education is
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 particular child is not appearing to be learning
'enough'? 3)whether there are concerns because the family have not
implemented a structured approached? 4)or whether the fact that the
national Curriculum is not being followed is causing concern?
C) If there are children in the above 4 categories , please indicate if
further steps are being taken- for example , issuance of a
School Attendance Order?

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

E) Please can you confirm whether any children who fit into the above
categories of concern about 'educational provision
suitability' would also therefore be referred to Social Services?

F) Lastly is it possible in your Local Authority that Social Services
are involved with a family but that The EHE department do
not know of this involvement (This involvement would be on an on-going
basis rather than a one off referral which is found to be
of no genuine concern)

Please find herewith the following:

A) We are currently satisfied, in so far as we are able to be within the
scope of current DCSF guidance, that all of the children registered with
Birmingham City Council's Department for Children, Young People and
Families as being home educated, apart from one case, are in receipt of a
"suitable education".
B) We are aware and advise on the basis that home educated children and
young people do not have to follow the national curriculum. However, we do
recommend that parents carefully plan provision and pay heed to core
subjects. We respect, though, that this is not mandatory and we do see and
applaud good examples of 'alternative learning'.
C) Currently none.
D) No Education Supervision Orders.
E) Only if the criteria for referral to Social Care were met i.e. we have
Child Protection/safeguarding concerns.
F) It is always possible. However, we expect Social Care to inform
Education Welfare Service where there are concerns that a child is not
receiving suitable education and/or is out of school.

Whilst we have undertaken a thorough search of the information held by
Birmingham City Council, it may be that, due to the size and amount of
information held by Birmingham City Council, some information may have been
inadvertently missed.

If you have any information which may assist us in determining or locating
any missed information, we would be grateful if you would contact us with
details of this information, so that we can conduct a further search.

If you are not satisfied with the response you may ask for an internal
review. If subsequently you are not satisfied with the Council’s decision
you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at the following address:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545745 Web Address: www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Steve Cullen

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Manager
Children, Young People and Families Directorate
Birmingham City Council

Tel: 0121 464 4591
Email: [email address]

Re-use of Public Sector Information
The information provided is subject to Birmingham City Council copyright,
however, it may be re-used for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes without further reference to the City Council. If the re-use is
for other purposes, such as commercial re-use, you should notify the City
Council in writing to seek approval or agree terms for re-use. Where
Birmingham City Council does not hold the copyright, it has indicated the
copyright holder. Permission for re-use should be sought from them
directly.

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Birmingham City Council

Dear Taina

Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I was actually on annual
leave for the week you emailed me. My 1st day back was 8th. I am actually
trailing through my emails now and phone calls i have to return.

I will however contact the department and as soon as have a answer i shall
be in touch.

Regards

Melanie Sewell
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer
Children Young People & Families Directorate
Tel: 464-4591


Tania Berlow
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Dear Sir or Madam,

I ma still waiting a response but have not elevated this to
internal review due to the term holidays. please could you indicate
when the appropriate person may be available for responding? thank
you

Yours faithfully,

Tania Berlow

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Birmingham City Council

Is it possible to quote your FOI number please, this will save me some time
instead of trailing through numerous FOI request.
We have so many request to deal with that is why we ask that FOI numbers
are quoted in all correspondence

Thank you

Melanie Sewell
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer
Children Young People & Families Directorate
Tel: 464-4591


Tania Berlow
<request-15795-dd
807413@whatdothey To
know.com> [email address]
cc
03/09/2009 19:05
Subject
Re: Freedom of Information request
- EHE department -suitable
education





Dear Sir or Madam,

I ma still waiting a response but have not elevated this to
internal review due to the term holidays. please could you indicate
when the appropriate person may be available for responding? thank
you

Yours faithfully,

Tania Berlow

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Dear Sir or Madam,

the information came through on the 7th so the questions were answered. not sure who did that while you were away but I have closed the case. thank you

Yours faithfully,

Tania Berlow

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