Groups that have applied to establish Free Schools

Mark Beedles made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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The request was refused by Department for Education.

Dear Department for Education,

Michael Gove announced yesterday that over 700 groups had applied to establish free schools.

Please supply a list of the groups that have applied to establish free schools

The list should include location of the proposed school, which LEA they would be based in and which groups (parents, teachers charities etc etc) are proposing with contact details (phone fax or email).

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the
decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in
Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me via email.
Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would
expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in
any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have
received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in
the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Beedles

Department for Education

Dear Mark

Thank you for your recent email. 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 the reference number
2010/0044351.

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Beedles,
Thank you for your email dated 21 June 2010 about Academies.

The information that you have requested under the Freedom of Information
Act was made available on Friday 25 June 2010 and a revised list will be
published this week at [1]www.education.gov.uk/academies.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me
Regards
Paul Omasoro
New Academies Division
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0045239.

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DfE seem to have misread the request. Their reply relates to Academies, but the request was about Free Schools, which (at this point in time) is a completely different category.

Dear Department for Education,

You seem to have misread my request I am looking for information on free schools not academies

can you please provide information requested

Yours faithfully,

Mark Beedles

Department for Education

Dear Mr Beedles,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9 July.
You requested "a list of the groups that have applied to establish free
schools. The list should include location of the proposed school, which
LEA they would be based in and which groups (parents, teachers, charities
etc etc) are proposing with contact details (phone fax or email)". I have
dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the
Act").

The Department holds information on the 62 Free School proposals it has
received to date, but this information is being withheld because the
following exemption applies:

Section 22 of the Act, which exempts information held by the Department
which is intended for future publication.

The arguments for and against release have been assessed and it is our
view that the balance of public interest falls in favour of the
maintenance of an exemption in relation to the information relating to
this particular request. The public interest in permitting the Government
to publish information in a manner and at a time of their own choosing is
important. It is part of the effective conduct of public affairs that the
general publication of information is a conveniently planned and managed
activity within the reasonable control of the public authority.

This information relating to the subject of your request will be made
available on the Departmental website during the autumn term.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number below in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner's Office.
Yours sincerely,

Mike Couzens
Academies and Free Schools
[email address]
[1]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0052020.

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Dear Department for Education,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Education's handling of my FOI request 'Groups that have applied to establish Free Schools'.

Regards

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

Yours faithfully,

Mark Beedles

Department for Education

Dear Mr Beedles,
I refer to your request for an internal review which was received on 19
August 2010. Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. The
Department makes every effort to respond quickly to requests for
information and to meet statutory deadlines. While I appreciate it is in
no way a justification, the delay in responding in this case has been due
in a large part to the unusual number of requests that the Department has
received about Free Schools in recent months. This has impacted on the
handling of Freedom of Information requests.

In your original request received on 9 July 2010 you requested:

"a list of the groups that have applied to establish free schools. The
list should include location of the proposed school, which LEA they would
be based in and which groups (parents, teachers, charities etc) are
proposing with contact details (phone fax or email)".

The Department's Internal Review Panel, which was chaired by a senior
officer who was not involved with the original request, has now undertaken
a thorough review of the request. The Review Panel upheld the original
decision, on the basis of the position at that time, not to disclose the
information concerned for the same reasons as set out in the letter to you
of 28 July 2010.

Individuals or groups that are interested in submitting a proposal to the
Department, do so using the appropriate form on the Department's website.

If you are unhappy with this decision, you have the right to appeal
directly to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner
can be contacted at:

The Case Reception Unit

Customer Service Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Further information about the Information Commissioner's complaints
procedure can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website:
[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...
Yours sincerely,

Mike Couzens
Free Schools Group
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2010/0068251.

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