Freedom of Information Act Request - Job Evaluation and Grading Processes and Parity Maintenance

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I kindly request that you provide me with the following information regarding the job evaluation and grading processes used by Ark Schools to determine the Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) or Leadership Pay Scale allocated to leadership roles within the schools:

1. Details of the job evaluation process employed by Ark Schools to assess the value and responsibilities associated with leadership roles within the schools.

2. Information on the grading process utilized by Ark Schools to assign TLR or Leadership Pay Scales to specific positions within the schools.

3. Any criteria, guidelines, or documents used to determine the allocation of TLR or Leadership Pay Scales, including any frameworks, policies, or procedures.

4. Documentation describing how Ark Schools ensures parity is established and maintained between schools within the trust for work that is the same, similar, equivalent, or of equal value.

5. Any policies, protocols, or measures in place to address and resolve disputes or challenges related to TLR or Leadership Pay Scale allocations and parity maintenance.

6. Please provide details on where existing staff can access the items referenced in points 1 to 5, including any specific locations, websites, or internal systems.

Please provide the requested information in electronic format, preferably via email, within 20 working days as specified by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If any of the requested information is exempt from disclosure, please provide a written explanation for the refusal, citing the specific exemption clause(s) under which the information falls.

I understand that you are obligated to respond to my request within the statutory timeframe, and I would appreciate your cooperation in providing the requested information as promptly as possible.

Should you require any clarification or additional details to fulfill this request, please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact information provided above. I look forward to receiving the requested information and thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Richards

Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

Dear Ian,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request to Ark schools,

We will work to gather the requested information which will be provided to you in due course

Best regards,

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

Dear Ian,

I hope this email finds you well,

We wanted to get in touch with you to ask as you've submitted two Freedom of Information requests to Ark Schools, would you be happy for us to provide one single response to both requests?

If you are, we will send our response before 26th July 2023 (the deadline of the second request submitted on 28th June).

Best regards,

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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Dear Nadia,

Thank you for being in touch. I would be happy to receive a joint response to the two requests.

Will you note the details on the other request and close this or keep both open?

Yours sincerely,

Ian Richards

Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

Hi Ian,

Thank you so much for coming back to me and for agreeing to us providing a joint response,

I will close the 1st request (on the leaders of sixth form) and I will respond to email with the single response

Thank you again,

Best regards,

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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Adding here to ensure the audit trail includes all of the points requested in my first FOI

1. The job titles of teachers leading the Sixth Form in each school within the Ark Multi Academy Trust.

2. The pay range for teachers leading the Sixth Form in each school. Please provide details of the minimum and maximum salary range or any applicable salary bands for each school.

3. The job title of the line manager responsible for overseeing teachers leading the Sixth Form in each school.

Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

That's really helpful,

Thank you Ian

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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Dear Nadia
Grateful if you could update on likely response time for these requests as I believe the twenty working days since the second request has now lapsed.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Richards

Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

Good Morning Ian,

Thank you for your email,

We are just finalising the response which we will send to you by the end of today,

Thank you so much for your patience

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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Freedom of Information, ARK Schools

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Dear Ian,

I hope this email finds you well,

Please find attached the responses to your two FOIs to Ark schools on Sixth Form lead teacher roles and our evaluation and grading processes when awarding TLRs.

If you have any issues accessing these documents, please let me know and thank you again for your patience

Best regards,

Nadia St Paul | Data Protection Officer | Ark
The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN
[ARK Schools request email]
Ark Schools registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity, number 05112090. Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee number 04589451. Registered charity no 1095322. Registered offices for Ark Schools and Ark: The Yellow Building, 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN. Website: arkonline.org

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