Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered

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Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

I am submitting this freedom of information request to find out the following information regarding elective home education. When I refer to 'children', I mean they are either de-registered from a school or have never been registered with a school. Please provide copies of all available documents, research and paperwork.

A) I would like to know which department within Greenwich Borough Council local authority deals with elective home education?
1) I would like to know who is currently employed in this team, and who the team leader is.
2) I would like to know who they report to.
3) What form of contact they use with families the first time they contact them.
i) Please supply copies of policies and procedures used for elective home education, for staff use or supplied to Home educators.

B) Has the LA made the team dealing with elective home education aware that there is no requirement to investigate a case or for the LA to seek to satisfy itself that a suitable education is being provided when they know the reason why a child has ceased to attend school? The specified reason being, parents have given legal notification to a school that they are educating otherwise than at school.

C) I would like to know how many children are currently known as being electively home educated in the local authority.

D) How many pupils have been de-registered from school to be electively home educated?
Please provide numbers for: July 2015, July 2016 and July 2017. Please categorise these into:
- Children with no known SEN
- Children with SEN
- Children de-registered from special schools
- Children with care plans
- Children under services such as; CAHMS

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Norman

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Norman

Freedom of Information request: FOI-11445

Thank you for your request dated February 6, 2018

Your request will be answered by March 6, 2018

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear
Freedom of Information request: FOI-11445

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, dated February 6, 2018

Your request is currently being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be progressed as soon as we have received the clarification requested below.

Children with SEN: is this any known SEN or only those with EHCP?

Children with care plans: is this EHC plan/statement or social care plan?

Please quote the reference number in your reply.

If we have not received clarification within 2 months of this email, we will close the request.

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20, Basement, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Dear foi,

Regrading question D of request 'Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered'

Children with SEN:
any known SEN

Children with care plans:
social care plans

Yours sincerely,

KNorman

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Norman,

Thank you for your clarification, dated February 19, 2018.

Your request will now be answered by March 19, 2018

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms Norman

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-11445 *

 

Thank you for your request dated February 19, 2018

 

Our response is as follows:

 

A) I would like to know which department within Greenwich Borough Council
local authority deals with elective home education?

Inclusion, Learning & Achievement, Children’s Services

1) I would like to know who is currently employed in this team, and who
the team leader is .
All correspondence should be directed via:

Tracy Russell, Senior Assistant Director, Inclusion, Learning &
Achievement

2) I would like to know who they report to.
As above

3) What form of contact they use with families the first time they contact
them.
Written contact

i) Please supply copies of policies and procedures used for elective home
education, for staff use or supplied to Home educators.

Elective Home Education Information for Parents and Carers

 

B) Has the LA made the team dealing with elective home education aware
that there is no requirement to investigate a case or for the LA to seek
to satisfy itself that a suitable education is being provided when they
know the reason why a child has ceased to attend school? The specified
reason being, parents have given legal notification to a school that they
are educating otherwise than at school.
The Elective Home Education is fully aware of the law relating to Elective
Home Education.

C) I would like to know how many children are currently known as being
electively home educated in the local authority.
240

D) How many pupils have been de-registered from school to be electively
home educated?

Please provide numbers for: July 2015, July 2016 and July 2017. Please
categorise these into:

- Children with no known SEN

- Children with SEN

- Children de-registered from special schools

- Children with care plans

- Children under services such as; CAHMS

Academic year 2014-July 2015 2015-July 2016 2016-July 2017
Children with no 236 269 296
known SEN
Children with SEN 36 47 54
Children *fewer than 5. *fewer than 5. *fewer than 5.
de-registered from Actual number Actual number Actual number
special schools supressed to supressed to supressed to
prevent prevent prevent
identification of identification of identification of
child child child
Children with care 27 21 45
plans
Children under Section 12 exemption applied.
services such as;
CAHMS

Based on information Rec –year11

 

Section 12 explanation

 

The Council will not comply with the request in accordance with section 12
of the Act which states:-

 

Section 1(1) does not oblige a local authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

 

The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004 (“the Fees Regulations) sets the appropriate limit
at £450 for the public authority in question. Under these Regulations, a
public authority can charge a maximum of £25 per hour for work undertaken
to comply with a request. This equates to 18 hours work.

 

A public authority is only required to provide a reasonable estimate or
breakdown of costs and in putting together its estimate it can take the
following processes into consideration:-

 

(a)   Determining whether it holds the information

(b)  Locating the information, or a document which may contain the
information;

(c)   Retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the
information, and

(d)  Extracting the information from a document containing it.

 

Children receiving services such as CAHMS is not routinely recorded by
the Elective Home Education Service. If the information is held, it would
be held on the individual child’s file. The information would only be held
if the parent/carer has shared it.

To locate, retrieve and extract the information one officer will have to
read through each record to extract the reason for a case. This would take
approximately 4 minutes (1.5 minutes to locate file and 3 minutes to
retrieve and extract the information. 4 x 1033 files /60 minutes = 68
hours

Total hours to complete the request equates to 68 hours.

 

We estimate that it will take us in excess of the applicable time limit to
determine the appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the
information in reference to your request. Therefore your request will not
be processed any further.

Section 16 places a duty on public authorities to provide advice and
assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do
so, to persons who propose to make, or have made requests for information
to it, you may wish to refine your request to a much narrower period of
time.

 

 

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me,
quoting the reference number above.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Central Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear foi,
Freedom of Information request: FOI-11445 *

Thank you for you response

Could you please clarify whether there was an attachment for the
Elective Home Education Information for Parents and Carers, as none was attached to the response.

D) How many pupils have been de-registered from school to be electively
home educated?

Could you please resend the data for D, as it has come through as plain text and has become garbled.

Many thanks

KNorman

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Norman

Thank you for your email dated March 16, 2018

I have attached the response you were issued on March 15, 2018, but in a PDF format so that you may view the table for Question 3d.

Information on Elective Home Education can be found on our website at: http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/20...

There was no attachment with the original response.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20, Basement, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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