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Number of people employed/ contracted by council to provide specialist educational support services for traveller/gypsy children

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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my enquiry as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you would contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

Could the following information please be made available:

The number of people employed or contracted by the council to provide specialist educational support services for gypsy and traveller children for the years 2008, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you would confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Jasmin Gray

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Hi,

 

Please see the Freedom of Information request below which has been
allocated to you – the deadline for issuing the response is 13th
September 2018.

 

Please respond to the requestor and provide a copy of your response to
[1][email address]

 

Due to an increasing number of requests that span more than one
directorate/ department, requests are allocated to the area where it is
considered the content is predominately focused.

 

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please advise [2][Oldham Council request email] immediately providing
details of the reasons why.

 

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which sensitive requests, if any, they wish to review and sign off.

 

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If you need advice and assistance in responding to this request, please
refer to:

 

[3]http://intranet.oldham.gov.uk/info/20024...

 

Alternatively, you can contact Claire Heptonstall
[4][email address] or Justin Hardy
[5][email address]

 

Regards,

 

 

Information Management Team

Corporate & Commercial Services

Oldham Council

Level 11

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham   OL1 1UT

 

E mail: [6][email address]

 

Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

 

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King
Street (2 – 3 mins’ walk)

 

 

 

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Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/ Madam

I acknowledge with thanks your request for information; this request has been considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As such, your request may take up to 20 working days to be processed and has been passed on to an appropriate officer.

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Should you have any queries, please contact: [Oldham Council request email]

Yours faithfully,

Information Management Team
Corporate & Commercial Services
Oldham Council
Level 11
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham   OL1 1UT

E mail: [email address]

Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King Street (2 – 3 mins’ walk)

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Tony Shepherd, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Jasmin,

 

With reference to your FOI 12418 request:

  

“Could the following information please be made available:

 

The number of people employed or contracted by the council to provide
specialist educational support services for gypsy and traveller children
for the years 2008, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,
2018.”

 

 

Our services within Oldham Council have been working to obtain the
information that you have requested, and I apologise for the delay in you
receiving this response.

 

An Education Officer was employed to provide specialist educational
support services for gypsy and traveller children by Oldham LA until 2008.

 

Responsibilities were transferred to our Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA)
team until 2011, but no staff were employed specifically to provide
specialist educational support services for gypsy and traveller children.

 

The EMA team was disbanded in 2011, when local authorities ceased to
receive EMAG funding to support GRT and EAL learners, and since then no
specialist staff have been employed.

 

Funding from central government has been fully devolved to schools since
2011, and schools are not required to account for the use of this funding.

 

 

Regards,

 

Tony Shepherd

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Tony Shepherd, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Jasmin,

 

Apologies for my mistake. The response that I made on September 24^th was
to your FOI 12420, whist Jenny Christopher responded to FOI 12418 on
August 17^th.

 

Regards,

 

Tony

 

From: Tony Shepherd
Sent: 24 September 2018 13:24
To: '[FOI #510407 email]'
<[FOI #510407 email]>
Cc: Andrew Sutherland <[email address]>; FOI Responses
<[email address]>; Paula Harrison
<[email address]>
Subject: FOI 12418

 

Dear Jasmin,

 

With reference to your FOI 12420 request:

  

“Could the following information please be made available:

 

The number of people employed or contracted by the council to provide
specialist educational support services for gypsy and traveller children
for the years 2008, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,
2018.”

 

 

Our services within Oldham Council have been working to obtain the
information that you have requested, and I apologise for the delay in you
receiving this response.

 

An Education Officer was employed to provide specialist educational
support services for gypsy and traveller children by Oldham LA until 2008.

 

Responsibilities were transferred to our Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA)
team until 2011, but no staff were employed specifically to provide
specialist educational support services for gypsy and traveller children.

 

The EMA team was disbanded in 2011, when local authorities ceased to
receive EMAG funding to support GRT and EAL learners, and since then no
specialist staff have been employed.

 

Funding from central government has been fully devolved to schools since
2011, and schools are not required to account for the use of this funding.

 

 

Regards,

 

Tony Shepherd

[1][IMG]

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References

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1. http://www.oldham.gov.uk/e-mail_strap_line
2. http://www.oldham.gov.uk/dataprotection

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