Great Yarmouth Charter Academy Pupil Conduct Document - A FOI Request for Release of the Document and Identification of Contributing Authors.

S. Grove made this Freedom of Information request to Great Yarmouth Charter Academy This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

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Dear Great Yarmouth Charter Academy,

Reports in The Daily Telegraph newspaper dated 21 September 2017 suggest that Great Yarmouth Charter Academy had a Pupil Conduct Policy in place that required students to provide a ‘toilet pass’ in order to go to the toilet. The newspaper also suggested that the pupils within the school had to meet some form of ‘eye tracking the talking teacher’ behavioural requirement.

I want to see the Pupil Conduct Document that was in place up to 21 September 2017.

I want to know the name of the person, within Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, who had the responsibility for gathering all of the scientific evidence to support the behavioural requirements contained within the Pupil Conduct Document up to the date of 21 September 2017.

I want to know the name of the person, within Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, who had the authority to release the Pupil Conduct Document up to 21 September 2017.

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

James Goffin, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request, received on
Monday, October 29, 2018.
If we require any clarification of your request we will be in touch
shortly.
Please note that for requests to schools the Freedom of Information (Time
for Compliance with Requests) Regulations provide for different response
times than for most other requests; the timeframe for responses is the
shorter of 20 school days or 60 working days. We will endeavour, however,
to respond before that time.
You will be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies
of the information. We will will also provide an explanation if any
information cannot be released to you. If the requested information
contains references to any third parties we may need to consult with them
before deciding whether or not to release the information.
Yours faithfully,

James Goffin

Head of external affairs

Inspiration Trust
28 Bethel Street
Norwich
NR2 1NR

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James Goffin, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

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I have considered your request for information relating to Great Yarmouth
Charter Academy's approach to pupil conduct.
The academy operates under a Trust-wide behaviour policy. This was adopted
by the Trust board in May 2017 and can be found on the academy website
here: [1]http://www.inspirationtrust.org/page/?ti...
In addition, each school has its own behaviour procedures and practices.
Formation and publication of these is the responsibility of the principal
at each school; in the case of Great Yarmouth Charter Academy that is Mr
Barry Smith.
A copy of the academy's rules and behaviour guide as in force at September
21 2017 is attached. These were slightly amended in October 2017; the
current version is published on the academy website
here: [2]http://www.inspirationtrust.org/page/?ti...
I trust this response fulfils your request.  If you are unhappy with the
response provided, you may ask for an internal review. To request an
internal review, please write to: Head of Governance, Inspiration Trust.
28 Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR giving the reasons for your
dissatisfaction.
If you do not agree with the outcome of the internal review, you may lodge
an appeal with the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner
can consider complaints about any aspect of the way in which requests for
information have been handled, however the Information Commissioner would
be unlikely to consider your complaint if you have not first requested an
internal review. You can write to the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Yours faithfully,

James Goffin

Head of external affairs
01603 280938

Inspiration Trust
28 Bethel Street
Norwich
NR2 1NR

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Dear Great Yarmouth Charter Academy,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Great Yarmouth Charter Academy's handling of my FOI request 'Great Yarmouth Charter Academy Pupil Conduct Document - A FOI Request for Release of the Document and Identification of Contributing Authors.'.

You have not answered my specific request regarding who was responsible for checking the educational and child development science that was consulted prior to release of this document.

This document should have been critically reviewed by an Educational Psychologist prior to it's release. I want the name of that person or members of the committee that had input to this document prior to it’s release by Charter.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

Yours faithfully,

S. Grove

Sally Culling, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

Dear Sir / Madam
I write in relation to your Freedom of Information request of October 27,
2018, and your further request for an internal review of the outcome of
the request on November 9, 2018.
You requested: a copy of the "Pupil Conduct Document that was in place up
to 21 September 2017"; the name of the person, within Great Yarmouth
Charter Academy, who had the responsibility for gathering all of the
scientific evidence to support the behavioural requirements contained
within the Pupil Conduct Document; and the name of the person, within
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, who had the authority to release the Pupil
Conduct Document.
My colleague responded to you with a copy of the academy's rules and
behaviour guide; this is the closest document to a "Pupil Conduct
Document" referred to you in your request.
My colleague also responded that behaviour policy is the responsibility of
the Inspiration Trust board, which sets the overall policy, and the school
principal - in this case Mr Barry Smith - who sets the rules and detailed
approaches appropriate for each school.
To be clear, in your request you differentiate between "the person, within
Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, who had the responsibility for gathering
all of the scientific evidence to support the behavioural requirements
contained within the Pupil Conduct Document" and "the person, within Great
Yarmouth Charter Academy, who had the authority to release the Pupil
Conduct Document up to 21 September 2017". In reality, there is no
differentiation and it is the principal who is responsible for both the
formation of the document and its release.
In your internal review request you state "This document should have been
critically reviewed by an Educational Psychologist prior to its release."
This is incorrect. While maintained schools are required to have a
behaviour principles written statement, there is no corresponding
requirement for academies and no requirement for it to be reviewed by an
educational psychologist. The behaviour policy is based on the
considerable experience of our staff, and reflects their knowledge and
expertise.
I am content that my colleague handled your request appropriately, but I
am happy to provide this additional clarification.
If you do not agree with the outcome of the internal review, you may lodge
an appeal with the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner
can consider complaints about any aspect of the way in which requests for
information have been handled, however the Information Commissioner would
be unlikely to consider your complaint if you have not first requested an
internal review. You can write to the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Sally Culling
Head of Governance and Executive Assistant to Dame Rachel de Souza
Inspiration Trust
Trust HQ 01603 280923
Mobile  07506 133927

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