Dear Department for Education,
Given the response to 2014/0000464 (here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...) claiming a Section 36 exemption against disclosure of Free School Monitoring visits I wish to submit a revised request.
- redacted Free School Monitoring Visit reports for all Free Schools that have been Ofsteded on the date of this request.
- If several visits took place in a school, please only release the report for the visit that happened closest in date before the Ofsted inspection took place.
- The redaction could cover:(a) school name, and/or (b) the advice, to the extent that it would no longer engage Section 36. Headings or guidance on the completion/handling of the reports should not be redacted.
If the cost or burden is likely to be beyond appropriate levels, you may limit the request by:
- releasing redacted reports for schools Ofsteded only in the period September 2013 to the current date, or
- releasing a blank template of the report's format. (If there was more than one report format used for these visits, please release them all).
If used, an explanation of these limiting actions is requested.
Dear Ms McInerney
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 2014/0012584.
Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Dear Ms McInerney,
Thank you for your email dated 3 February about education adviser's notes
of visits to free schools.
Further to your FOI request 2014/0000464 you have now asked for:
· Redacted free school monitoring visit reports for all free
schools that have been Ofsteded on the date of this request;
· If several visits took place in a school please only release the
report for the visit that happened closest in date before the Ofsted
inspection took place;
· The reaction could cover: (a) school name, and / or (b) the
advice, to the extent that it would no longer engage Section 36. Headings
or guidance on the completion / handling of the reports should not be
We have considered your request and do not believe it is possible to
redact the education advisers’ reports without engaging Section 36. We
have always been very clear with schools that the reports are a
confidential document between the Department and the schools themselves.
We are concerned that even in a much redacted form the schools might still
be identified and this in the long-term could restrict the necessary free
and open exchange that is needed to make this process effective.
In your email you asked, if we were to not release redacted reports, for a
blank copy of the education adviser template. This is attached.
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