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Dear Fife Council,

The Parenting Science Gang have received funding from Wellcome to undertake research into subjects of interest to parents. This group is looking into the take up of flexischooling in Scotland and the support provided by local authorities to families and schools who wish to make, or currently hold, a flexischooling arrangement.

The information gathered in this project will be published online in a report on the findings, and may form part of an academic paper published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Please would you provide answers to the following questions:

FLEXISCHOOLING POLICY
1. Flexischooling is defined by the Scottish government as where a child attends school part-time and is home educated for the remainder of the week, and can be arranged in collaboration with the school and parents. More information is available here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/12...
Does your LA use the term flexischooling to refer to this arrangement, or is it known by a different term?

2. Please send us copies of written information that your LA makes available to staff, schools or parents to guide and support;
a. requesting a flexischooling arrangement,
b. the decision-making process in accepting or rejecting a request
c. the ongoing support for schools and families involved in flexischooling.
This might include, but not be limited to, policies, procedures and information/guidance sheets.

3. If you do not have any written information as described above, please tell us how a request for a new flexischooling arrangement would be dealt with.

4. Which role within your LA has responsibility for flexischooling? What are their responsibilities? Please provide us with the contact details (name, email, phone number) of the person who currently holds this role.

FLEXISCHOOLING NUMBERS
1. How many children do you believe are currently flexischooling in your LA? Please tell us how you calculated this number (eg based on requests for arrangements, headteacher reports, registration codes).

2. Please provide a breakdown of these numbers indicating the phase of schooling ie number at primary (5-11) level, number at secondary (11-18) level.

3. How many flexischooled children are known to require Additional Support for Learning (ASL).

4. How many requests have been made for flexischooling arrangements during the academic years;
a) 2014-15
b) 2015-16
c) 2016-17

5. How many requests in each of those time periods were accepted?

6. How many requests in each of those time periods were refused. Please give a breakdown of the reasons for which they were refused.

Yours faithfully,

S Collins

Fife Council

Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request received on 28/01/2018, our reference; FCIR:20453. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

We are presently assessing your request and may be in touch soon to ask for further clarification or to offer advice and assistance if we are not able to fulfil your request in its present form.

The legislation allows us up to 20 working days from the date that we receive a valid request, including any clarification we require, to make a final response. We will be in touch within 20 working days of receipt of your initial request to provide our response or to seek clarification where necessary. We hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours faithfully

J McCall
Customer Experience Co-ordinator
Information Management & Requests Team

Jaynie Mccall, Fife Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

I refer to your email dated and received on 28/01/2018, our reference;
FCIR: 20453. 

 

I have detailed below the information you requested and trust that it
meets your requirements.

 

FLEXISCHOOLING POLICY
1. Flexi schooling is defined by the Scottish government as where a child
attends school part-time and is home educated for the remainder of the
week, and can be arranged in collaboration with the school and parents.
More information is available here:
[1]http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2007/12...
Does your LA use the term flexischooling to refer to this arrangement, or
is it known by a different term?

 

The arrangement is known as Flexible Educational Arrangements

2. Please send us copies of written information that your LA makes
available to staff, schools or parents to guide and support; a. requesting
a flexischooling arrangement, b. the decision-making process in accepting
or rejecting a request c. the ongoing support for schools and families
involved in flexischooling.
This might include, but not be limited to, policies, procedures and
information/guidance sheets.

 

I have attached copies of Fife Council’s Flexible Educational Arrangements
Policy/Guidance and Home Education Guidance, for your information.

3. If you do not have any written information as described above, please
tell us how a request for a new flexischooling arrangement would be dealt
with.

 

Not applicable. See Question 2.

4. Which role within your LA has responsibility for flexischooling? What
are their responsibilities? Please provide us with the contact details
(name, email, phone number) of the person who currently holds this role.

 

It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher to deal with requests by
following the Policy/Guidance provided.
FLEXISCHOOLING NUMBERS
1. How many children do you believe are currently flexischooling in your
LA? Please tell us how you calculated this number (eg based on requests
for arrangements, Headteacher reports, registration codes).

 

Total = 156

2. Please provide a breakdown of these numbers indicating the phase of
schooling ie number at primary (5-11) level, number at secondary (11-18)
level.

 

Total = 61 (5-11)

Total = 94 (11-18)

3. How many flexi schooled children are known to require Additional
Support for Learning (ASL).

 

Total = 57

4. How many requests have been made for flexischooling arrangements during
the academic years;

a) 2014-15   =  29
b) 2015-16  =  43
c) 2016-17  =  142

5. How many requests in each of those time periods were accepted?

 

All requests were accepted

6. How many requests in each of those time periods were refused. Please
give a breakdown of the reasons for which they were refused.

 

No requests were refused.

 

I would like to draw your attention to the copyright situation in relation
to the material.

 

The Council holds the copyright for the material provided and it may be
reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring
specific permission. This is subject to the material not being used in a
derogatory manner or in a misleading context. The source of the material
must be acknowledged as Fife Council and the title of the document must be
included when being reproduced as part of another publication or service.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head
of Legal Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street,
Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [2][email address]. The law
provides for you to make this request up to 60 working days from when we
received your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive this
correspondence whichever is the later date. Where the outcome of the
review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have
the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision.www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of
Legal Services that falls outside these time scales.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jaynie McCall

Customer Experience Co-ordinator

Information Management & Requests

Customer Service Experience

Customer Service Improvement

Communities Directorate

1st Floor

Fife House

Glenrothes

KY7 5LT

 

Telephone: 03451 555555 441150

 

Email: [3][email address]

 

 

 

 

Jaynie McCall

Customer Experience Co-ordinator

Information Management & Requests

Customer Service Experience

Customer Service Improvement

Communities Directorate

1st Floor

Fife House

Glenrothes

KY7 5LT

 

Telephone: 03451 555555 441150

 

Email: [4][email address]

 

 

                

 

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