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Proportions of SEND, LAC, FSM and EHCPs in each school

Graham made this Freedom of Information request to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

I would like information for each primary and secondary school in Oldham on the following:

1. The total number and percentage of pupils with SEND in the school
2. The total number and percentage of LAC pupils in the school
3. The total number and percentage of pupils on Free School Meals
4. The total number and percentage of pupils on Education Health Care Plans.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Warner

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir

 

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: 
[1][Oldham Council request email]

 

Yours faithfully

 

Information Management Team

Corporate & Commercial Services

Oldham Council

Level 11

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham   OL1 1UL

 

[email address]

 

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

 

 

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Dear Information Manager,

Please can you reply promptly to this request.

Yours sincerely,

Graham

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir

Please accept my apologies for the delay.

I have forwarded your email to the allocated officer and asked that he/she respond to your request as soon as he/she can.

Regards

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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Clare Dale, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Due to the small numbers and nature of this sensitive data (and risk that
children could be identified) we have only provided data for schools with
over 10 LAC. The exemption information is outlined in red below.

 

Under the Act, Oldham Council has a duty to supply any information on
request, unless there is an exemption. It is the Council’s policy only to
apply the exemptions where there is a genuine risk of harm or prejudice.
In such cases, we will still provide information if it is in the public
interest to do so. With regards to your request, in view of the low
numbers involved for certain categories, there is the risk of possible
identification of individuals and consequently, for this part of your
request the information is considered exempt from disclosure under Freedom
of Information 2000 Section 40, Personal data. Personal data is defined in
the Act, at section 1 (1), as follows:- data which relate to a living
individual who can be identified:-

from those data; or

from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is
likely to come into the possession of, the data controller ….”

 

The information in “bold” in the above definition is key as information
can be gained from other sources now and in the future. 

This exemption allows the withholding of personal data if the data
protection principles would be breached by its disclosure. Data protection
principle 1 requires that personal data is processed lawfully and fairly.
In order to be ‘lawful’ a condition must be met from schedule 2 of the
Data Protection Act 1998 and although your request evidences a legitimate
interest in requesting the data, this request cannot be fulfilled without
prejudice to the individuals rights and freedoms, in particular their
right to privacy and hence a condition in schedule 2 cannot be met.
Consequently, as Principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998 cannot be
met, the exemption under Freedom of Information Act 2000 is engaged. 

It is an issue that statistical information is not anonymous in the hands
of the data controller as there is other information / identifiers in
their possession. It can be argued that statistical data is not personal
data as long as the data subject cannot be identified.  However, this has
to be considered against a background of “mosaic” requests [i.e. whether
giving a sample of the information, a profile can be built-up by combining
data from another source] which could be made by requests to other
authorities and organisations in order to put together a wider picture.

You may wish to redefine your request in order to assist Oldham Council
providing information for your request. 

If you disagree with the exemption applied to the above information, you
may appeal to:

 

 

Paul Entwistle

Borough Solicitor

Legal & Democratic Services

Oldham MBC

Civic Centre, West St, Oldham OL1 1UG

Tel:  0161 770 4822

E-mail:  [1][email address]

 

Should you further disagree with the decision following the appeal you may
wish to contact the Office of the Information Commissioner :

 

Office of the Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire   SK9 5AF

[2]https://ico.org.uk/

 

 

Clare Dale

Personal Assistant to Andrew Sutherland – Director of Education and Early
Years

& Carol Brown – Director Of Environmental Services

Oldham Council

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham

OL1 1UT

 

Direct Line: 0161 770 1021 or email [3][email address]

 

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

 

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