Exclusions data 2018-2020

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Dear Star Academies,

Please treat this request for information under the FOI Act 2000. I request this information from and broken down by the following three academic years, and by term if available:

September 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018
September 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019
September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (the academic year minus COVID closures)

To fulfil this request, follow this link and download a copy of the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

Please return a completed copy of this spreadsheet via WhatDoTheyKnow within 20 working days.

1. Please provide data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms pertaining to the total number of (FTE) pupils in years 9–11, broken down by ethnic origin and year group

2. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms pertaining to the total number of:*

a. fixed term exclusions lasting more than five days, or where the cumulative total was more than five days
b. fixed term exclusions of pupils with an EHCP
c. fixed term exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP
d. fixed term exclusions of pupils with SEN, with or without an EHC plan, and on free school meals

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group (Y9–Y11)

3. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms pertaining to the total number of:*

a. permanent exclusions
b. permanent exclusion of pupils with an EHC Plan
c. permanent exclusion of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP
d. permanent exclusions of pupils with SEND, with or without an EHCP, and on free school meals

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group (Y9–Y11)

4. The total number (and Full Time Equivalent if different) of transfers into Alternative Provision, broken down by ethnic origin and year group (Y9–Y11)

5. The number of exclusion decisions in years 9–11 resulting in a decision of reinstatement following a governing body's review, broken down by pupil ethnicity

6. What actions, if any, you are doing as a MAT to reduce the number of exclusions/suspensions that are issued in your academies.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Lucy Potter

Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request

 

Further to your request for information that we received on Monday 17th
January 2022; I advise you that the request is being considered under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know.  If a fee is payable a fees notice will be issued to you and
you will be required to pay before I will proceed with your request. 

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
Star Academies does not hold the information or there is a reason for it
to be withheld.  I will contact you further in either event.  I advise you
that the latest date for a response to be supplied to you has been
calculated as Monday 21st February 2022.

Regards,

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
0330 313 9862 | [1][email address]

 
 
Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT
0330 313 9800 | [2][email address] | [3]staracademies.org |
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Dear Star Academies,

 

 

 

Please treat this request for information under the FOI Act 2000. I
request this information from and broken down by the following three
academic years, and by term if available:

 

 

 

September 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018

 

September 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019

 

September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (the academic year minus COVID
closures)

 

 

 

To fulfil this request, follow this link and download a copy of the
spreadsheet:
[10]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

 

 

 

Please return a completed copy of this spreadsheet via WhatDoTheyKnow
within 20 working days.

 

 

 

1. Please provide data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer
terms pertaining to the total number of (FTE) pupils in years 9–11, broken
down by ethnic origin and year group

 

 

 

2. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms
pertaining to the total number of:*

 

 

 

a. fixed term exclusions lasting more than five days, or where the
cumulative total was more than five days

 

   b. fixed term exclusions of pupils with an EHCP

 

   c. fixed term exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

 

   d. fixed term exclusions of pupils with SEN, with or without an EHC
plan, and on free school meals

 

 

 

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

3. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms
pertaining to the total number of:*

 

 

 

a. permanent exclusions

 

   b. permanent exclusion of pupils with an EHC Plan

 

   c. permanent exclusion of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

 

   d. permanent exclusions of pupils with SEND, with or without an EHCP,
and on free school meals

 

 

 

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

4. The total number (and Full Time Equivalent if different) of transfers
into Alternative Provision, broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

5. The number of exclusion decisions in years 9–11 resulting in a decision
of reinstatement following a governing body's review, broken down by pupil
ethnicity

 

 

 

6. What actions, if any, you are doing as a MAT to reduce the number of
exclusions/suspensions that are issued in your academies.

 

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Lucy Potter

 

 

 

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Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information – Information Request

 

Regarding your Freedom of Information request, we have reviewed this
request and have estimated that the cost of retrieving the information
requested would exceed £450.  Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act
allows public authorities to levy a charge or refuse to respond to a
request if the cost of responding is greater than £450. 

 

This estimation was arrived at by taking into consideration the following
activities that we would have to undertake in order to fulfil your
request:

 

o determining whether we hold the information;
o finding the requested information, or records containing the
information;
o retrieving the information or records; and
o extracting the requested information from the records.

 

In line with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office regarding
Freedom of Information requests we have estimated the time spent
retrieving the information requested in relation to your request by
equating one hour of work per person to a cost of £25.  This means that
the time limit for the request is 18 hours and as the request currently
stands, we would exceed this.    Star Academies have calculated that
sourcing and extracting the information for points one, two, and three of
your request would require 18.5 hours of work.  Information relating to
point four is held by schools rather than centrally (we have 20 secondary
schools) and it would take a member of staff at each of our secondary
schools an hour to source and extract this information. 

 

In addition to the above, we are also concerned that some of the fields in
the spreadsheet you have provided are so specific, and the numbers
potentially inputted into these fields so small, that we would need to
consider whether, in some cases, this would risk the possible
identification of certain pupils at our schools.  If the data could lead
to the identification of a pupil, we would be required to consider whether
the provision of such information would beach principle one of the UK GDPR
– fairness, lawfulness, and transparency.                

 

Naturally we do want to cooperate with your request as far as possible,
however, we would need you to considerably narrow the parameters of your
request (e.g., reducing the number of academic years information has been
requested for, removing point four, reducing the number of fields on the
spreadsheet etc.).  As per guidance from the Information Commissioner’s
Office in their Guide to Freedom of Information ([1]Guide to freedom of
information | ICO) we are able to refuse to respond to your request in its
current form as it breaches the cost limit.        

 

In line with guidance from the Information Commissioners Office if you
refine your request, we will treat it as a new request. 

 

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to request a review of the decision, you should
write to:  Freedom of Information, Star Academies, Shadsworth Road,
Blackburn, BB1 2HT or email [2][Star Academies request email].

 

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Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted Star
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Telephone 0303 123 1113 or via [3]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Regards,

 

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Exclusions data 2018-2020

 

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Dear Star Academies,

 

 

 

Please treat this request for information under the FOI Act 2000. I
request this information from and broken down by the following three
academic years, and by term if available:

 

 

 

September 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018

 

September 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019

 

September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (the academic year minus COVID
closures)

 

 

 

To fulfil this request, follow this link and download a copy of the
spreadsheet:
[13]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

 

 

 

Please return a completed copy of this spreadsheet via WhatDoTheyKnow
within 20 working days.

 

 

 

1. Please provide data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer
terms pertaining to the total number of (FTE) pupils in years 9–11, broken
down by ethnic origin and year group

 

 

 

2. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms
pertaining to the total number of:*

 

 

 

a. fixed term exclusions lasting more than five days, or where the
cumulative total was more than five days

 

   b. fixed term exclusions of pupils with an EHCP

 

   c. fixed term exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

 

   d. fixed term exclusions of pupils with SEN, with or without an EHC
plan, and on free school meals

 

 

 

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

3. Please supply data as collated from the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms
pertaining to the total number of:*

 

 

 

a. permanent exclusions

 

   b. permanent exclusion of pupils with an EHC Plan

 

   c. permanent exclusion of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

 

   d. permanent exclusions of pupils with SEND, with or without an EHCP,
and on free school meals

 

 

 

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

4. The total number (and Full Time Equivalent if different) of transfers
into Alternative Provision, broken down by ethnic origin and year group
(Y9–Y11)

 

 

 

5. The number of exclusion decisions in years 9–11 resulting in a decision
of reinstatement following a governing body's review, broken down by pupil
ethnicity

 

 

 

6. What actions, if any, you are doing as a MAT to reduce the number of
exclusions/suspensions that are issued in your academies.

 

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Lucy Potter

 

 

 

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Dear Simon,

Thank you for your reply. Your response indicated that providing the information I asked for in my original request would exceed the appropriate time/cost limit. I have therefore reduced my request in scope by requesting data from academic years, rather than terms, and from years 9-11 together, rather than each year group separately. I have also amended the question re: fixed-term exclusions of 5 days or more, to just fixed-term exclusions as recorded by your academies.

My refined request and spreadsheet are below; please use the link to and download a copy of this new spreadsheet for your response. If you do not hold some of the information, or the data requested for any field risks identifying an individual pupil, please just indicate this in the relevant field on the spreadsheet. Thank you.

REFINED FOI REQUEST:

Please provide the following information, broken down by the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:

1. The total number of pupils in years 9–11 (inclusive), broken down by ethnic origin

2. In years 9-11, the total number of*
a) fixed-term exclusions
b) fixed-term exclusions of pupils with an EHCP
c) fixed-term exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP
d) fixed-term exclusions of pupils with SEND (with or without an EHCP) and on free school meals

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by pupil ethnicity

3. In years 9-11, the total number of*
a) permanent exclusions
b) permanent exclusions of pupils with an EHCP
c) permanent exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP
d) permanent exclusions of pupils with SEND (with or without an EHCP) and on free school meals

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by pupil ethnicity

4. The total number of transfers into Alternative Provision from years 9-11, broken down by pupil ethnicity

5. The number of exclusion decisions in years 9–11 resulting in a decision of reinstatement following a governing body's review, broken down by pupil ethnicity

6. What actions, if any, you are doing as a MAT to reduce the number of exclusions/suspensions that are issued in your academies.

To fulfil this request, please follow this link and download a copy of the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

Please return a completed copy of this spreadsheet via WhatDoTheyKnow within the legal timeframe of 20 working days.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Lucy Potter

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Potter

Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request

 

Further to your request for information that we received on Monday 1st
March 2022; I advise you that the request is being considered under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know.  If a fee is payable a fees notice will be issued to you and
you will be required to pay before I will proceed with your request. 

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
Star Academies does not hold the information or there is a reason for it
to be withheld.  I will contact you further in either event.  I advise you
that the latest date for a response to be supplied to you has been
calculated as Tuesday 29th March 2022.

Regards,

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
0330 313 9862 | [1][email address]

 
 
Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT
0330 313 9800 | [2][email address] | [3]staracademies.org |
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Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request

 

Further to your request for information that we received on Tuesday 1st
March 2022; I advise you that the request is being considered under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know.  If a fee is payable a fees notice will be issued to you and
you will be required to pay before I will proceed with your request. 

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
Star Academies does not hold the information or there is a reason for it
to be withheld.  I will contact you further in either event.  I advise you
that the latest date for a response to be supplied to you has been
calculated as Tuesday 29th March 2022.

Regards,

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
| [1][email address]

 
 
Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT
0330 313 9800 | [2][email address] | [3]staracademies.org |
[4]@StarAcademies
 
 
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Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Ms Potter,

Freedom of Information – Information Request

Regarding your Freedom of Information request, which we received on
Tuesday 1st March 2022, we have reviewed your refined request and have
estimated that the cost of retrieving the information requested would
still exceed £450.  Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act allows
public authorities to levy a charge or refuse to respond to a request if
the cost of responding is greater than £450. 

This estimation was arrived at by taking into consideration the following
activities that we would have to undertake to fulfil your request:

·        determining whether we hold the information;

·        finding the requested information, or records containing the
information;

·        retrieving the information or records; and

·        extracting the requested information from the records.

In line with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office regarding
Freedom of Information requests we have estimated the time spent
retrieving the information requested in relation to your request by
equating one hour of work per person to a cost of £25.  This means that
the time limit for the request is 18 hours and, as the request currently
stands, even with the refinements you have made, we would exceed this.

It remains the case that Star Academies, as far as possible, want to
cooperate with your request and we would be willing to provide a subset of
the data requested.  This would include the following:

o Number of pupils recorded on roll in years 9-11, broken down by
declared ethnicity code (the snapshot date would be the January School
Census - Thursday 20th January 2022).
o For the academic year 2021/22, data regarding suspensions recorded to
date:

o Total number of suspensions recorded (broken down by ethnicity
code and by SEN category).
o Total number of permanent exclusions (broken down by ethnicity
code and by SEN category).

 

Please note the following:

 

o All figures below 5 will be suppressed to avoid any risk of
identification.
o SEN categories include the following (pupils without SEN, pupils with
SEN (K), pupils with EHC Plan (S)).

 

In addition to the data that can be provided directly by the Trust, we
advise that you review the publicly available exclusions statistics.  You
can access the DfE's statistics publication
here:  [1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...
Please also note that the statistics are published at national, local
authority and school-level.

 

In line with guidance from the Information Commissioners Office if you
refine your request further, we will treat it as a new request. 

 

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to request a review of the decision, you should
write to:  Freedom of Information, Star Academies, Shadsworth Road,
Blackburn, BB1 2HT or email [2][Star Academies request email].

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted Star
Academies’ procedure.  The information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
Telephone 0303 123 1113 or via [3]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Regards,

 

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
| [4][email address]

 
 
Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT
0330 313 9800 | [5][email address] | [6]staracademies.org |
[7]@StarAcademies
 
 
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Dear Simon,

 

Thank you for your reply. Your response indicated that providing the
information I asked for in my original request would exceed the
appropriate time/cost limit. I have therefore reduced my request in scope
by requesting data from academic years, rather than terms, and from years
9-11 together, rather than each year group separately. I have also amended
the question re: fixed-term exclusions of 5 days or more, to just
fixed-term exclusions as recorded by your academies.

 

My refined request and spreadsheet are below; please use the link to and
download a copy of this new spreadsheet for your response. If you do not
hold some of the information, or the data requested for any field risks
identifying an individual pupil, please just indicate this in the relevant
field on the spreadsheet.  Thank you.

 

REFINED FOI REQUEST:

 

Please provide the following information, broken down by the academic
years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:

 

1. The total number of pupils in years 9–11 (inclusive), broken down by
ethnic origin

 

2. In years 9-11, the total number of*

a) fixed-term exclusions

b) fixed-term exclusions of pupils with an EHCP

c) fixed-term exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

d) fixed-term exclusions of pupils with SEND (with or without an EHCP) and
on free school meals

 

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by pupil ethnicity

 

3. In years 9-11, the total number of*

a) permanent exclusions

b) permanent exclusions of pupils with an EHCP

c) permanent exclusions of pupils on SEND support but without an EHCP

d) permanent exclusions of pupils with SEND (with or without an EHCP) and
on free school meals

*I ask for these figures to be broken down by pupil ethnicity

 

4. The total number of transfers into Alternative Provision from years
9-11, broken down by pupil ethnicity

 

5. The number of exclusion decisions in years 9–11 resulting in a decision
of reinstatement following a governing body's review, broken down by pupil
ethnicity

 

6. What actions, if any, you are doing as a MAT to reduce the number of
exclusions/suspensions that are issued in your academies.

 

To fulfil this request, please follow this link and download a copy of the
spreadsheet:
[11]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1...

 

Please return a completed copy of this spreadsheet via WhatDoTheyKnow
within the legal timeframe of 20 working days.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lucy Potter

 

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Dear Simon,

Thanks for your email on 10 March 2022. It's a shame you are unable to provide more, but yes, please do send over the subset of data as suggested:

o Number of pupils recorded on roll in years 9-11, broken down by
declared ethnicity code (the snapshot date would be the January School
Census - Thursday 20th January 2022).

o For the academic year 2021/22, data regarding suspensions recorded to
date:
- Total number of suspensions recorded (broken down by ethnicity
code and by SEN category).
- Total number of permanent exclusions (broken down by ethnicity
code and by SEN category).

In your response, could you also explain the reason you are only able to provide data on recorded suspensions and exclusions from the academic year 2021/22? Is the data from the previous years held somewhere else?

Kind regards,
Lucy Potter

Simon Thomson, Star Academies

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Dear Simon,

I'm afraid I can't open your .rpmsg message; are you able to send it in another format?

Thank you,
Lucy

Simon Thomson, Star Academies

Dear Miss Potter,

 

Please find below the text of my correspondence, dated, which was sent to
you on Tuesday 19th April 2022 and acknowledged your amended request.

 

“Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request

Further to your request for the subset of exclusions and suspension data,
which we received on Thursday 14th April 2022, I advise you that the
request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.   

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days.  I
advise you that the latest date for the information to be supplied to you
has been calculated as Tuesday 17th May 2022.

Regards,”

 

 

Simon Thomson

Information Governance Lead Adviser

 

0330 313 9862 | [email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT

0330 313 9800 | [email address] | staracademies.org |
@StarAcademies

 

 

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Dear Simon,

I'm afraid I can't see this message either - it appears to be encrypted - please can you resend it in the body of the email to WhatDoTheyKnow and/or as a Word or PDF attachment?

Thank you,
Lucy Potter

Simon Thomson, Star Academies

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Dear Ms Potter,

 

In response to your email that we received on Thursday 19th May 2022,
please find below the wording of my original response to you, which was
sent on Tuesday 17th May 2022.  I have removed the encryption that I
placed on the original email.  In this case removal of encryption is
justified as, in line with guidance relating to Freedom of Information
requests, the information is being released “to the world”. 

 

The spreadsheet is attached.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if
there are any further issues.

 

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Dear Ms Potter,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request

Thank you for your request for information from Star Academies, which we
received on Thursday 14th April 2022, regarding exclusions data.

In my email, dated Thursday 10th March 2022, declining your previous
request for information as it would have breached the cost limit, I
advised that Star Academies would be happy to provide a subset of the
data.  The information I advised that we would be happy to supply was as
follows: 

• Number of pupils recorded on roll in years 9-11, broken down by
declared ethnicity code (the snapshot date would be the January School
Census - Thursday 20th January 2022).
• For the academic year 2021/22, data regarding suspensions recorded to
date:

◦ Total number of suspensions recorded (broken down by ethnicity code
and by SEN category).
◦ Total number of permanent exclusions (broken down by ethnicity code
and by SEN category).

I also advised that all figures below 5 would be suppressed to avoid any
risk of identification and that SEN categories would include the following
pupils:

• Pupils without SEN.
• Pupils with SEN.
• Pupils with an EHC Plan.

To align our snapshot information as closely as possible with your
original request, please note that the information that we have supplied
in relation to the total number of suspensions recorded (broken down by
ethnicity code and by SEN category) and the total number of permanent
exclusions (broken down by ethnicity code and by SEN category) relates to
years 9-11.    

Please note that we have supplied a Trust level, rather than a school
level, snapshot.  This approach has allowed us to include figures below 5
as the risk of any possible identification is reduced.   Please note that
we have not included information relating to Oulder Hill Leadership
Academy in tables 1, 2, and 3 of the Trust level snapshots as we do not
hold census data in relation to the school, which only joined Star
Academies on Tuesday 1st March 2022.  Census information in relation to
Oulder Hill Leadership Academy, which was previously known as Oulder Hill
Community School and Language College, is available from the Department
for Education website.  In order to access census information for Oulder
Hill  Community School and Language College, please click the following
link: [1]Oulder Hill Community School and Language College - GOV.UK - Find
and compare schools in England
(compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk).            

If you require a key to fully understand the ethnicity codes, this
information is available from the Department of Education website, please
click the following link for more information: [2]Find a school census
code - Complete the school census - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

To reduce the numbers of exclusions and suspensions in our academies Star
Academies has implemented the following:

• A Behaviour Policy which incorporates early identification of pupil
needs including a graduated response with external agencies and
experts.
• Reasonable adjustments for pupils with SEND in terms of adaptive
teaching but also to sanctions and rewards.
• Specialist provision for pupils who struggle to self-regulate where
their needs can be more appropriately supported including 1:4 adult to
pupil ratios, reduced class sizes, and tailored educational offers
• A move towards relational practice with all schools expected to
demonstrate unconditional positive regard
• Suspensions and exclusions as a last resort with different options
explored such as logical consequences, reparation, partnership working
with local schools etc.

 

Regarding our response we are only providing the data relating to the
current academic year, as sourcing, retrieving, and extracting the
information you requested relating to exclusions and suspensions covering
2017-17, 2018-19, and 2019-20, would have taken more than 18 hours of work
time and led us to breach the cost limit.       

 

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to request a review of the decision, you should
write to:  Freedom of Information, Star Academies, Shadsworth Road,
Blackburn, BB1 2HT or email [3][Star Academies request email].

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted Star
Academies’ procedure.  The information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
Telephone 0303 123 1113 or via [4]www.ico.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Simon Thomson
Information Governance Lead Adviser
 
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Star Academies | Shadsworth Road, Blackburn BB1 2HT
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Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Exclusions data 2018-2020

 

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Dear Simon,

 

Thanks for your email on 10 March 2022. It's a shame you are unable to
provide more, but yes, please do send over the subset of data as
suggested:

 

o Number of pupils recorded on roll in years 9-11, broken down by declared
ethnicity code (the snapshot date would be the January School Census -
Thursday 20th January 2022).

 

o For the academic year 2021/22, data regarding suspensions recorded to

date:

- Total number of suspensions recorded (broken down by ethnicity code and
by SEN category).

- Total number of permanent exclusions (broken down by ethnicity code and
by SEN category).

 

In your response, could you also explain the reason you are only able to
provide data on recorded suspensions and exclusions from the academic year
2021/22? Is the data from the previous years held somewhere else?

 

Kind regards,

Lucy Potter

 

 

 

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Dear Simon,

Thank you for removing the encryption and sending over this information. This request can now be closed.

Yours sincerely,
Lucy Potter