Home education review correspondance and documenation

Matt Hupfield made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire County Council

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Matt Hupfield

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please provide me with the following information:

- Copies of all external correspondance between the LA and any other agency/department (for example the DCSF) in relation to the current home education review. This should include for example copies of any emails that were sent to the DCSF along with the review response questionnaire.

- Copies of all internal documentation and correspondance within the LA in relation to the current review of home education. This should include for example minutes and notes of meetings between the EHE team and other LA staff related to the completion of the review response questionnaire. Another example qouls be any draft responses and emails between the EHE co-ordinator/team and the head of C&LL who had to approve the contents of the questionnaire.

As the LA has held a public interest test in relation to the release of the LA response to the review I believe it is safe to assume that there will be no issues with releasing this information.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Hupfield

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Mr Hupfield,

Please find attached correspondence held on file concerning the completion
of the EHE review questionnaire. I take the wording of your request to
relate to correspondence prior to the completion of the questionnaire,
however, please clarify this statement if necessary.

The questionnaire has already been provided to you within an earlier
response. Therefore, I have no duty to release the information as under
section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is already within
the public domain.

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not
hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your
request has been handled by our authority, please contact Philip Jones,
Head of Information Governance, Information Governance Unit, 1a Bailey
Street, Stafford, ST17 4BG.

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been
handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours Sincerely,

Lian Rebecca Stibbs

Access to Information Officer

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Matt Hupfield

Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

Thank you for this information.

Please could you explain how Mr Traves PA came to hold a copy of the questionnaire to send to the DCSF if, as must be assumed by the lack of released e-mails, there was no internal e-mail discussion whatsoever regarding the review response.

I assume you are aware that you have included Carol May's name (Mr Traves PA) in the released information despite refusing to include it in previously released documents. If you are going to remove the names of administrative staff from information you release then may I suggest that you are consistent in doing so.

The lack of any information at all relating to internal e-mail, meetings, notes, drafts etc. means it can only be assumed that the questionnaire was completed 'off the cuff' and with no planning or preparation or forethought.

Could you please confirm that this is the case and that no notes were made or meetings held etc.

Yours sincerely,

Matt Hupfield

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Mr Hupfield,

Mr Traves' PA would have released the email to the DCSF on his behalf.

I have been informed that this is all the information currently held on
file. In line with the Councils Records Management Manual, inboxes
should be actively managed, and non evidential emails disposed of as
soon as they are no longer needed. A copy of the questionnaire is kept
on file, while any other background emails will have been deleted.

Yours sincerely,

Lian Rebecca Stibbs
Access to Information Officer

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