Dear Department for Education,

Following the SENDIST National Trial from 2018 to 2021, funded by the Department of Education.

Please clarify the following data for each of the Local Authorities listed in point 1.

1) Please provide data to the below questions for each of the following Local Authorities:
Bracknell and Forest Borough Council
Wokingham Borough Council
Reading Borough Council
Lambeth Borough Council
Surrey Borough Council

2) For each of the above Councils please confirm the total funding (£) rebates claimed by the Councils for partaking in the National Trial in year format that National Trial run:
2018
2019
2020
2021

3) For each of the above Councils please confirm the total number of National Trial appeals which enrolled on the SENDIST National Trial per year format:
2018
2019
2020
2021

4) Please provide copies of the training data submitted to local authorities to educate and train the teams (SEND/Social Workers and Legal Teams inhouse) on the National Trial aims / purpose at the time of the launch i.e. design of Continuing Professional Development training package and credits and please provide copies of the training social worker package.

5) Please explain how the training roll out was submitted to social workers on the National Trial , i.e. engagement through NHS Social Care, responsibility left to the Local Authority

6) Where can the data of the National Trial outcomes be found per Local Authority during the National Trial.

7) What training and education material has been sent and developed for educating and training Local Authority staff on the SENDIST Extended Trials. Please provide copies of this.
Yours faithfully,

MJ

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear  MJ Withheld 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 8 August.

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 2022-0030680. 

Department for Education

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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

Please Clarify why you address me as "MJ withheld" this is inaccurate. I've used initials and if you wish to address then please use MJ or M Jones. The surname is not withheld and this is inaccurate to record.

Yours sincerely,

MJ

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear M Jones
 
Thank you for your further email of 11 August regarding the use of the
term ‘withheld’ in our automated reply.
 
I hope it will be helpful if I explain that we have mandatory fields in
our correspondence system, one of which is ‘surname’.  We use the term
‘withheld’ to populate this field when a surname has not been provided.
This also helps us to distinguish between customers who provide some
information and those who state they wish to remain anonymous.
 
I can confirm that our records have now been amended to M Jones to reflect
the additional information provided in your follow up email.
 
I apologise for any confusion this may have caused and I hope this
information is helpful.  
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Dear M Jones, 
 
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 8 August
2022. You requested data regarding the SEND Tribunal National Trial which
ran from 2018 to 2021 for Bracknell and Forest Borough Council, Wokingham
Borough Council, Reading Borough Council, Lambeth Borough Council and
Surrey County Council.  I have dealt with your request under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

A copy of the information is enclosed below.
 

1) Please provide data to the below questions for each of the following Local Authorities:
Bracknell and Forest Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council, Reading Borough Council,
Lambeth Borough Council and Surrey County Council

2) For each of the above Councils please confirm the total funding (£) rebates claimed by
the Councils for partaking in the National Trial in-year format that National Trial run:
2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Local Authorities were able to submit expense claims of up to £4,000 per case for National
Trial appeals between 3 April 2018 and 31 August 2021. These expenses claims were to
reimburse the reasonable endeavours of Local Authorities and health commissioning bodies in
preparing for and attending National Trial cases.

 

Local Authority 2018 2019 2020 2021
Bracknell and Forest Borough Council £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
Wokingham Borough Council £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £722.00
Reading Borough Council £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
Lambeth Borough Council £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £16,088.91
 
Surrey County Council £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £16,937.09
 

3)  For each of the above Councils please confirm the total number of National Trial appeals
which enrolled on the SENDIST National Trial per year format: 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Following a search of the Department’s paper and electronic records, I have established that
the information you requested is not held by this Department. However, His Majesty’s Courts
and Tribunal Service may hold this information.

4) Please provide copies of the training data submitted to local authorities to educate and
train the teams (SEND/Social Workers and Legal Teams inhouse) on the National Trial aims /
purpose at the time of the launch i.e. design of Continuing Professional Development
training package and credits and please provide copies of the training social worker
package.

I have attached the guidance document for local authorities, health commissioners, parents
and young people. This document has been updated following the end of the National Trial,
and can be found on [1]gov.uk.

I have also attached further guidance documents produced by Mott MacDonald to train Local
Authority staff.

5) Please explain how the training roll out was submitted to social workers on the National
Trial, i.e. engagement through NHS Social Care, responsibility left to the Local Authority

The training of social workers was the responsibility of the Local Authority. However, our
delivery partner Mott MacDonald held regular training sessions for social workers and other
Local Authority and Health workers.

6) Where can the data of the National Trial outcomes be found per Local Authority during the
National Trial.

Following a search of the Department’s paper and electronic records, I have established that
the information you requested is not held by this Department. However, His Majesty’s Courts
and Tribunal Service may hold this information.

7) What training and education material has been sent and developed for educating and
training Local Authority staff on the SENDIST Extended Trials. Please provide copies of
this.

The guidance document for SEND Tribunal National Trials can be found on [2]gov.uk. Our
delivery partner Mott MacDonald also hosted training sessions for local authority staff and
other Local Authority and Health workers.

I have also attached further guidance documents produced by Mott MacDonald to train Local
Authority staff.

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Yours Sincerely

Joseph Cairns, Department of Education, Store St, Manchester M1 2WD,
[email address] and 07385 024906

 

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