SEND staffing in the LA

Eleanor Bernardes made this Freedom of Information request to Harrow Borough Council

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Harrow Borough Council,

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.
Please send me:
1. The number of full time equivalent members of staff employed centrally by the council with responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND) during each of the years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a. working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that school
2. The numbers of full time equivalent members of staff who are dyslexia and literacy specialists employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a. working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that school
3. The amount of hours contracted to external specialists (for example but not limited to consultants/educational psychologists etc) employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
4. The job specification for the person responsible for:
a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA
5. The qualifications held by the person responsible for the following role in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:
a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

I would like the above information to be provided to me electronically.
If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.
If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully
Eleanor Bernardes

Harrow Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 2021595

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Information Management Team
Harrow Council
Civic Centre, Civic 1
3rd Floor, West WIng
Station Road
Harrow
HA1 2XF
[Harrow Borough Council request email]

Peter Singh,

Information request
Our reference: 2021595

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Dear Eleanor
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 21 July
2015.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 18 August 2015 (which is 20 working days
beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable.  If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested.  We will carry out an
assessment and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information
then we might not provide that information to you.  We will inform you if
this is the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal
review and to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
Kind regards
 
 
Peter Singh
[email address]

Peter Singh,

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Our reference: 2021595

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Dear Eleanor
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 21 July 2015.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Kind regards
 
 
Peter Singh
[email address]

Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Peter Singh,

Many thanks for considering my FOI. Could you please help me to understand the reason this would take so long so that I can reconsider the wording of the FOI?

I am trying to understand the changes to the staffing level of the SEN/D department of the LA over the time period, with a specific focus on professionals with a responsibility for dyslexia and literacy.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Peter Singh,

Dear Eleanor, I understand that work on SEN provision is provided by a
number of different officers and across different teams, and that
provision has changed over the six years in question. Therefore to answer
your questions would take a great deal of time, regards, Peter

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Dear Peter Singh,

Many thanks for considering my FOI. Could you please help me to understand
the reason this would take so long so that I can reconsider the wording of
the FOI?

I am trying to understand the changes to the staffing level of the SEN/D
department of the LA over the time period, with a specific focus on
professionals with a responsibility for dyslexia and literacy.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Peter Singh,

Thank you for your response. I am disappointed that you feel providing this information would take more than 18 hours. Can you please let me know your estimate for the time required, and the "cogent evidence" on which you reached that estimate (as per the Information Tribunal's judgement in Randall)?

I understand that section 16 of the act places upon you a duty to provide advice and assistance, and it is disappointing that you have not done so before being asked to. I should like to know what, if any, information could be provided within the cost ceiling. I should also like to know whether by reforming or re-focussing my request, information may be able to be supplied for a lower, or no, fee. Paragraph 14 of the section 45 code of practice outlines what is required of public authorities in this regard, and assisting me in the above senses fall within that.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes