Dear Department for Education,
Please provide copies of correspondence from the department to local authorities where home education or home educated children and young people are mentioned between September 19th 2014 and April 12th 2015.
I understand that personal data will have to be redacted
Dear Ms Nicholson
Thank you for your recent enquiry. 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 reference number 2015-0018050.
Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Dear Ms Nicholson
I refer to your request for information, which was received on 12 April 2015.
‘Please provide copies of correspondence from the department to local authorities where home education or home educated children and young people are mentioned between September 19th 2014 and April 12th 2015.
I understand that personal data will have to be redacted’
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I have enclosed the emails you requested with a small number of redactions where we have applied section 40(2) (personal data), this is because the information in question includes 3rd party personal data. Personal data is that which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data, or from that data and other information which is likely to be in, or to come into, the possession of the requestor. Disclosure of this information would contravene a number of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998, and would be regarded as ‘unfair’. By that, we mean the likely expectations of the data subject that his or her information would not be disclosed to others and the effect which disclosure would have on the data subject. Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test.
Section 21 of the Act is engaged because some of the information requested is already reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. This relates to information already provided to you as shown below.
Date of Correspondence
RE: Elective Home Education West Midlands Forum
RE: 2007 EHE Guidelines: Stafford Meeting
RE: Association of EHE Professionals (AEHEP)
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Hi Tracey and Stephen
Many thanks for this.