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Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

Dear Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills,

We are writing to request information, including briefings, directives, memoranda &c provided to inspectors or Ofsted regional directors preparatory or subsequent to the inspection of member schools of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. The period in question includes the autumn term 2018 up to the present.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,
Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

InformationRequest, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

To whom it may concern

 

Your request for information

 

Thank you for your email of 26 February 2019 in which you requested the
following information:

 

§  “We are writing to request information, including briefings,
directives, memoranda &c provided to inspectors  or Ofsted regional
directors preparatory or subsequent to the inspection of member schools of
the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. The period in question includes
the autumn term 2018 up to the present”

 

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2000 and any other legislation that may apply.

 

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your request within 20 working days from the date we received it, as
required by the Act.

 

This should be by 26 March 2019; however, if we can respond sooner we will
do so.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about the content of this letter,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Julie Hadler

Information Access Co-ordinator

Information Rights and Access Team

 

 

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Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Sirs

 

I refer to your request for information submitted to us on 26 February
2019. We have been looking into the information requested and it has
become apparent that the subject matter captured by the request is very
broad as you have not specified a topic or focus of the type information
you are seeking.

 

You have asked for “information, including briefings, directives,
memoranda &c provided to inspectors or Ofsted regional directors
preparatory or subsequent to the inspection of member schools of the
Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. The period in question includes the
autumn term 2018 up to the present.”

 

“Information” provided to inspectors and/or regional directors before and
after inspections of schools can cover a very wide range of topics. We
think you are likely to be seeking information within specific criterion
about the inspection of Steiner schools but we need you to specify what
information that is.

 

Without this clarification, the cost of complying with your request, as it
stands, would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as set out under Section 12
of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. In such circumstances where a
public authority, such as Ofsted, is considering the use of section 12 it
is obliged under section 16 of the Act to provide advice and assistance to
the individual making the request.

 

This email is not a formal refusal of your request. However, we are unable
to proceed any further with your request, as it currently stands. We are
therefore emailing you to enquire whether you can narrow or revise the
scope of your request, as well as provide some clarification of the
information you intend to fall within the scope of your request.

 

I would be grateful if you could consider this email and inform me as to
how you wish to proceed with your request. If you wish to submit a refined
request, we would be happy to take this forward for you. If you do not
narrow or revise the scope of your request by 24 March 2019 we will issue
a formal refusal under Section 12 of the Act. That will not, however,
prevent you submitting a revised request after that time.

 

Regards

Karon

Karon Crew
Information Access Officer
Information Rights and Access Team
Ofsted | 2 Rivergate | Temple Quay | Bristol BS1 6EH

 

Direct Tel: 03000 131 294

 

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Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

Dear Karon Crew,
Thank you for your reply & request for a more focussed application for information.

Please provide copies of briefing material made available to Ofsted inspectors preparatory to inspection of Greenwich Steiner School, the Iona Steiner School & Beechtree Steiner Initiative along with material from documents relevant to these inspections prior to publication of the reports.
Yours sincerely,

Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Sirs

 

Thank you for your email of 21 March 2019.

 

We understand your request for “copies of briefing material made available
to Ofsted inspectors preparatory to inspection” to be about the following
schools:

 

Greenwich Steiner School (URN 132066)

Iona School (URN 122941)

Beechtree Steiner Initiative (URN 144620)

 

Please could you confirm the date of the inspection for each school that
you require this information for?

 

We are also unclear what you mean by “material from documents relevant to
these inspections prior to publication of the reports.”  Please can you
specify what information you are seeking?

 

I would be grateful if you could clarify these points and respond to the
following email address: [1][Ofsted request email].

 

Regards

 

Karon

 

Karon Crew

Information Access Officer

Information Rights and Access Team

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship
<[FOI #556079 email]>
Sent: 21 March 2019 11:59
To: Karon Crew <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Your request for information

 

Dear Karon Crew,

Thank you for  your reply & request for a more focussed application for
information.

 

Please provide copies of briefing material made available to Ofsted
inspectors preparatory to inspection of Greenwich Steiner School,  the
Iona Steiner School & Beechtree Steiner  Initiative along with material
from documents relevant to  these inspections prior to publication of the
reports. 

Yours sincerely,

 

Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

 

-----Original Message-----

 

Dear Sirs

 

 

 

I refer to your request for information submitted to us on 26 February 
2019. We have been looking into the information requested and it has 
become apparent that the subject matter captured by the request is very 
broad as you have not specified a topic or focus of the type information 
you are seeking.

 

 

 

You have asked for “information, including briefings, directives, 
memoranda &c provided to inspectors or Ofsted regional directors 
preparatory or subsequent to the inspection of member schools of the 
Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. The period in question includes the 
autumn term 2018 up to the present.”

 

 

 

“Information” provided to inspectors and/or regional directors before and 
after inspections of schools can cover a very wide range of topics. We 
think you are likely to be seeking information within specific criterion 
about the inspection of Steiner schools but we need you to specify what 
information that is.

 

 

 

Without this clarification, the cost of complying with your request, as
it  stands, would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as set out under Section
12  of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. In such circumstances where
a  public authority, such as Ofsted, is considering the use of section 12
it  is obliged under section 16 of the Act to provide advice and
assistance to  the individual making the request.

 

 

 

This email is not a formal refusal of your request. However, we are
unable  to proceed any further with your request, as it currently stands.
We are  therefore emailing you to enquire whether you can narrow or revise
the  scope of your request, as well as provide some clarification of the 
information you intend to fall within the scope of your request.

 

 

 

I would be grateful if you could consider this email and inform me as to 
how you wish to proceed with your request. If you wish to submit a
refined  request, we would be happy to take this forward for you. If you
do not  narrow or revise the scope of your request by 24 March 2019 we
will issue  a formal refusal under Section 12 of the Act. That will not,
however,  prevent you submitting a revised request after that time.

 

 

 

Regards

 

Karon

 

Karon Crew

Information Access Officer

Information Rights and Access Team

Ofsted | 2 Rivergate | Temple Quay | Bristol BS1 6EH

 

 

 

Direct Tel: 03000 131 294

 

 

 

Ofsted National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231

 

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Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

Dear Karon Crew,
Thank you for your further request for clarification.
The relevant reports are as follows:
Beechtree Steiner Initiative (URN 144620) date 12/06/2018
Greenwich Steiner School (URN 132086) date 27/11/2018
Iona Steiner School (URN 122941) date 04/12/2018
With regard to "information prior to report publication", we request records of emails or other written exchanges within Ofsted discussing the outcome/grading of these schools, or commenting on the (as yet unpublished) reports.
Yours sincerely,
Steiner Waldorf School Fellowship

Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills



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InformationRequest, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Sirs

 

Your request for information

 

Thank you for your email of 26 March 2019 in which you requested the
following information:

 

§  “Beechtree Steiner Initiative (URN 144620) date 12/06/2018 Greenwich
Steiner School (URN 132086) date 27/11/2018 Iona Steiner School (URN
122941) date 04/12/2018 With regard to "information prior to report
publication", we request records of emails or other written exchanges
within Ofsted discussing the outcome/grading of these schools, or
commenting on the (as yet unpublished) reports. “

 

We will consider your request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
2000 and any other legislation that may apply.

 

Should there be any problems or difficulties in processing your request,
we will be in touch with you again shortly. Otherwise, we will respond to
your request within 20 working days from the date we received it, as
required by the Act.

 

This should be by 25 April 2019; however, if we can respond sooner we will
do so.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about the content of this letter,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Julie Hadler

Information Access Co-ordinator

Information Rights and Access Team

 

 

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Dear Sirs

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information.

 

Regards

Karon

Karon Crew
Information Access Officer
Information Rights and Access Team
Ofsted | 2 Rivergate | Temple Quay | Bristol BS1 6EH

 

Direct Tel: 03000 131 294

 

Ofsted National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231

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Dear Sirs

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information.

 

Regards

Karon

Karon Crew
Information Access Officer
Information Rights and Access Team
Ofsted | 2 Rivergate | Temple Quay | Bristol BS1 6EH

 

Direct Tel: 03000 131 294

 

Ofsted National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231

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