Minutes and transcripts of speeches at Free Schools Conference

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Dear Department for Education,

The first Free Schools Conference was held on 29 January 2011. This was addressed by Mr Gove.

There has been very little publicity following the Conference.

Please could you release Minutes of the meeting and any transcripts of speeches made there.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Dear Department for Education,

I should be grateful if you would respond to my Freedom of Information request to publish the minutes and transcripts of speeches at the Free Schools Conference.

You have not even acknowledged receipt of the request. Such delay only increases fears that the DfE does not wish information about the Conference to appear in the public domain.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Department for Education

Dear J Downs

Thank you for your email. I can confirm that this is the first time we
have received a copy of this FOI, which I will log today and send you an
acknowledgment shortly. You may wish to contact the What do They Know
administrators for further information.

Kind Regards

Central Allocation Team

Public Communications Unit
Customer Contact and Business Development
Communications Directorate
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Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2011/0023536

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J Downs left an annotation ()

I (J Downs) emailed WhatDoTheyKnow and asked if there was any way of knowing whether my original email was received by the DfE. This is the reply: "our server passed your initial request to a mail server run by MessageLabs on behalf of DfE within a second or so of your submitting it on 20th February. The MessageLabs server accepted responsibility for the message, and after that it was out of our hands."

J Downs left an annotation ()

Speeches from the morning session of the Conference, including address by Mr Gove, are now on the DfE website. There is also a link to a PowerPoint presentation of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). However, I will wait for a response to my FoI request because I would like transcripts of any question-and-answer sessions together with any feedback from the floor.

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Dear Department for Education

2011/0023536

The response to my request for Minutes and transcripts of speeches at the Free Schools Conference held in January is overdue. I note that videos of selected speeches have appeared on the DfE website. However, neither the Minutes of the meeting or transcripts of all speeches have been released.

I would remind you that, by law, you should have responded to the above request by today.

Yours faithfully

J Downs

Department for Education

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Dear Mr and Ms Downs,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request to the Department of 21 March about the
Free Schools Conference. You wrote "I should be grateful if you would respond to my Freedom
of Information request to publish the minutes and transcripts of speeches at the Free
Schools Conference."

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I sincerely
apologise for the delay in responding to you and acknowledging initial receipt of your
request.

I enclose the transcripts of the speeches made by both the Secretary of State and Joel
Klein, former New York City Schools Chancellor, during the morning plenary session of the
Free Schools Conference. I also enclose a transcript of the question and answer session that
took place following the morning speeches with a panel consisting of the Secretary of State,
Lord Hill, Joel Klein, Mike Feinberg from the Knowledge is Power Program and Josephine Baker
from the Washington D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Please note that these transcripts are the original versions made by the Department and are
therefore subject to error.

The morning section of the Free Schools Conference also saw the Knowledge is Power Program
and the Washington D.C. Public Charter School Board delegations make their own speeches to
the audience. As you may have already seen, the Department has uploaded videos of all
speeches made at the Free Schools Conference onto our website. These can viewed by visiting
[1]www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/freeschools/conference.

I can also confirm that no minutes were taken at any point during the Free Schools
Conference.

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Free Schools Group
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