Information about research methodology of Badman Review of Home Education

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Dear Sir or Madam,

In part 5 of an Annex to Graham Badman's Review of Elective Home Education, released by you in response to Freedom of Information requests by A. White and others (for example at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...), it is stated that

"25 of the 90 LAs asked responded."

Please could you let me know the following information about the way these responses were gathered:

1. Are the 90 LAs referred to in the Annex the same 90 LAs which responded to the questionnaire published as Annex D of the Review report?

2. Were these LAs subsequently approached with further questions?

3. What was the wording of the question or questions to which 25 LAs responded, giving figures for electively home educated children "known to social care"?

4. If the 90 LAs were asked any other questions, after responding to the original questionnaire, what was the wording of these questions?

Yours faithfully,

Dani Ahrens

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Dani

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
2009/0067211.

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

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Dear Ms Ahrens,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 25 July.
You requested -

In part 5 of an Annex to Graham Badman's Review of Elective Home
Education, released by you in response to Freedom of Information
requests by A. White and others (for example at

[1]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...),
it is stated that

"25 of the 90 LAs asked responded."

Please could you let me know the following information about the
way these responses were gathered:

1. Are the 90 LAs referred to in the Annex the same 90 LAs which
responded to the questionnaire published as Annex D of the Review
report?

2. Were these LAs subsequently approached with further questions?

3. What was the wording of the question or questions to which 25
LAs responded, giving figures for electively home educated children
"known to social care"?

4. If the 90 LAs were asked any other questions, after responding
to the original questionnaire, what was the wording of these
questions?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

All top tier local authorities (150) were sent the local authority
questionnaire (Annex D of Graham Badman's report). 90 responses were
received. A second questionnaire was sent to the 90 local authorities who
responded to the first questionnaire, 25 of whom responded. A copy of the
second questionnaire sent to the 90 local authorities is attached, which
provides the answers to the questions you have asked.

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Yours sincerely,

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for sending me the Additional data request, sent to the 90 local authorities who responded to Graham Badman's initial questionnaire.

I would now like the following further information about this process:

1. The names of the 90 local authorities who were sent this additional data request

2. The names of the 25 local authorities who responded to it

3. How many of these 25 were able to give numerical answers to each of questions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6?

4. How many of these 25 gave case studies involving specific safeguarding concerns, and how many case studies were provided in total?

Yours faithfully,

Dani Ahrens

Tania Berlow left an annotation ()

Dani I have been thinking about this and how they may respond about confidentiality and maybe the best way of asking is to as for a list of all 25 and also the answers to this questionairre of all 25 with the individual LA names crossed out for confidentitality. That way we can see 25 responses but not know which of the 25 wrote each particular response.

I am willing to bet having seen the abuse stats and having seen what is done of the 'suitable education stats' that the vast majority of numbers come from educational concerns-the ultra vires LA requests of parents for visits even although there are no concerns following initial written contact or individual LA's interpretations of 'suitable' that would not stand up in court.

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Ms Ahrens,

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible (where a response is required). For information, the
departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses
should be sent within 15 working days or 20 working days if you are
requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2009/0073681

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.dcsf.gov.uk

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Shena Deuchars left an annotation ()

I have been sent the same info and have issued a new FoI request (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/su...) asking for all 90 and 25 responses. I understand what Tania is saying but this is not covered by confidentiality. Individual cases would only be identifiable in an LA if there were very few... And if that is the case, it makes our point.

Dani Ahrens left an annotation ()

That's great, Shena. I thought you had already asked for the full data and been turned down on grounds of Section 37, so I didn't ask for it in my follow up request. Crazy that we are having to do all this digging to get info they should have published in the first place!

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Ms
Ahrens, Your
Ref:2009/0073681
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 24 August 2009.

Before answering your request I should like to apologise for the delay in replying. The Department is aware that
it has missed the statutory deadline for reply and is in breach of its obligations under the Act. I very much
regret this - the Department should meet its obligations under the Act. While I appreciate that it is in no way
a justification I should like to explain that the Department makes every effort to meet deadlines, but the delay
in responding in this case has been due to the unusual volume of requests the Department has received in recent
months. The Information Commissioner has been informed of the situation.

You requested the following -

1. The names of the 90 local authorities who were sent this additional data request.
2. The names of the 25 local authorities who responded to it.
3. How many of these 25 were able to give numerical answers to each of questions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6?
4. How many of these 25 gave case studies involving specific safeguarding concerns, and how many case studies
were provided in total?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act").

Under section 21 of the Act, the Department is not required to provide information in response to a request if
it is already reasonably accessible to you. You may be aware that we have placed some information, previously
disclosed to correspondents about the home education review, onto the disclosure log on the Freedom of
Information link on the front page of the Department's internet site ([1]http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/foischeme/ ).

The list of 90 and 25 local authorities is available on the disclosure log at
[2]http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/foischeme/subPage...
and
[3]http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/foischeme/subPage...

The below table provides information in response to question 3:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Question |Number of LAs |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|1 |22 |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|2 |22 |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|3 |22 |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|4 |20 |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|5 |20 |
|--------------------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|6 |8 |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Sixty Two case studies were sent by local authorities.

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Yours sincerely,

Lisa White
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Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your response to my request for information about Graham Badman's review of home education (reference number 2009/0073681).

I am puzzled by the information it contains. Could you please explain the following discrepancies:

1. The response I received from you today indicates that 22 of the 25 local authorities who responded were able to give numerical answers to question 1 of Graham Badman's additional data request.

I have seen the responses of 16 authorities, and of these 16, 7 did not give an overall figure for EHE children currently known to social care in their authority. These 7 were Blackpool, East Sussex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Norfolk, Tameside, and Redbridge. I do not therefore understand how you have arrived at the figure of 22 in total.

2. The response I received from you today indicates that 22 of the 25 local authorities who responded were able to give numerical answers to question 3 of Graham Badman's additional data request.

Since question 3 was not asking for a numerical answer, but for anonymised case studies, this is even more puzzling. I did ask how many local authorities had provided case studies. Are you saying that 22 local authorities provided case studies in response to question 3? If not, please could you answer my original question?

Yours faithfully,

Dani Ahrens

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Dear Dani

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 2009/0096474

Thank you.

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Team

Tel: 0870 0002288
www.dcsf.gov.uk

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Dear Ms
Ahrens,
Your Ref: 2009/0096474
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 13 November 2009.

You requested the following -

Could you please explain the following discrepancies:

1. The response I received from you today indicates that 22 of the
25 local authorities who responded were able to give numerical
answers to question 1 of Graham Badman's additional data request.

I have seen the responses of 16 authorities, and of these 16, 7 did
not give an overall figure for EHE children currently known to
social care in their authority. These 7 were Blackpool, East
Sussex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Norfolk, Tameside, and Redbridge. I
do not therefore understand how you have arrived at the figure of
22 in total.

2. The response I received from you today indicates that 22 of the
25 local authorities who responded were able to give numerical
answers to question 3 of Graham Badman's additional data request.

Since question 3 was not asking for a numerical answer, but for
anonymised case studies, this is even more puzzling. I did ask how
many local authorities had provided case studies. Are you saying
that 22 local authorities provided case studies in response to
question 3? If not, please could you answer my original question?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act").

Question 1 of the additional data questionnaire asked local authorities what proportion of their current EHE
caseload is known to social care. Twenty two local authorities provided a numerical answer. This number does
not include Lancashire, Norfolk and Tameside. The remaining Local Authorities did provide the Department with
an overall numerical answer including East Sussex, Hampshire and Redbridge. The numerical answer included both
open and closed cases.

Question 3 asked local authorities to provide anonymised case studies describing specific safeguarding
concerns. 22 local authorities provided 62 case studies.

The information supplied to you is protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Any documents
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Email: [1][email address]

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

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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,

Lisa White
[2]www.dcsf.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2009/0096474.

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