Elective Home Education & Local Authorities

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Dear Department for Education,

Please could you provide any communication between yourself and Local Authorities regarding Elective Home Education between 1st March 2020 to 1st December 2020.

Please exclude any communication regarding individual cases due to data protection.

Yours faithfully,

Donna Fitch

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Fitch

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry. 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 reference number 2020-0069871.

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

Web: 

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Dear Ms Fitch 

I refer to your request for information, under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, which was received on 13 December 2020.   You requested:

‘Please could you provide any communication between yourself and Local
Authorities regarding Elective Home Education between 1st March 2020 to
1st December 2020.

Please exclude any communication regarding individual cases due to data
protection.’

I regret that it is taking longer than expected to deal with your request
and therefore we will not be able to meet the FOI deadline of 14 January
2021. 
 

All effort is being taken to process your request as soon as possible.

 

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2020-0069871. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]https://www.education.gov.uk/contactus and quote your reference number.

 

As part of our commitment to improving the service we provide to our
customers, we are interested in hearing your views and would welcome your
comments via our website at:
[2]https://form.education.gov.uk/service/Po....

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Carol Gayles 

Independent Education Division

Web: [3]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [4]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [5]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

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Dear Donna Fitch 

 

"Thank you for your request for information, which was received on
13/12/2020 18:33 . You requested  

 

“Please could you provide any communication between yourself and Local
Authorities regarding Elective Home Education between 1st March 2020 to
1st December 2020.

Please exclude any communication regarding individual cases due to data
protection”. 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).
 

I would like to offer my apologies for the delay in responding. The
Department takes very seriously its obligations under the Act, including
the requirement to respond within the statutory deadline of 20 working
days.
I am afraid that we have not been able to maintain this standard in this
instance and while there may be considered to be mitigating circumstances,
this delay is not acceptable and I am very sorry for the inconvenience
which it may have caused you
 

Section 21 and 40(2) of the Act

We consider that the absolute exemption at section 21 of the Act is
engaged because some of the information requested is already reasonably
accessible to the applicant by other means.  This relates to the
publication of a Waltham Forest Serious Safeguarding Review, which is
available at: 
[1]https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content....
 

The Department has redacted some of the information you have under section
40(2) of the Act: - this is because the information in question includes
3^rd party personal data.  Personal data is that which relates to a living
individual who can be identified from that data, or from that data and
other information which is likely to be in, or to come into, the
possession of the requestor.  Disclosure of this information would
contravene a number of the data protection principles in the GDPR/DPA
2018, and would be regarded as ‘unfair’.  By that, we mean the likely
expectations of the data subject that his or her information would not be
disclosed to others and the effect which disclosure would have on the data
subject.  Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the
public interest test.

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, which 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.

 

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 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

 

Carol Gayles 

Web: [2]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [3]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [4]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

 

 

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