SEND staffing in the LA

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Plymouth City 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

Info, Plymouth City Council

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FoI People, Plymouth City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes,

My Ref: 876801

Thank you for your request for information about SEND staffing in
schools.  Your request was received on 22 July and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Council will seek to provide the information you have requested within
20 working days, that is by 19 August and it will be provided by email or
hard copy, depending how you made your request and how the information is
held. 

Information is usually provided free of charge but in some circumstances a
fee may be payable and if that is the case I will inform you.  A fees
notice will be issued to you and you will be required to pay this before
we proceed with your request.

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website: [1]https://ico.org.uk/. Plymouth
City Council also has information available on our website:
[2]http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/coun....
If you cannot find the information you require please contact me using
the contact details below.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Rowland
Information Access Officer
Finance
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752307305
E [3][email address]
[4]www.plymouth.gov.uk

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FoI People, Plymouth City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes,

I am writing to seek clarification for the information you require in
response to question 1 of your Freedom of Information request:  “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”

 

Please clarify whether there is a specific staff group you are seeking
information on when you refer to “staff employed centrally by the council
with responsibility for SEN/D”?:
Is this centrally employed teachers?
Or ‘Education’ staff for SEN/D?
Or all SEN/D Service staff within the LA?

The Council will seek to provide the information you have requested within
20 working days of receiving the additional information from you.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Rowland
Information Access Officer
Finance
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752307305
E [1][email address]

[2]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

From: Rowland, Rebecca On Behalf Of FoI People
Sent: 24 July 2015 14:55
To: '[FOI #281569 email]'
Subject: OFFICIAL: RE: Freedom of Information Request - SEND Staffing in
the LA

 

Dear Ms Bernardes,

My Ref: 876801

Thank you for your request for information about SEND staffing in
schools.  Your request was received on 22 July and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Council will seek to provide the information you have requested within
20 working days, that is by 19 August and it will be provided by email or
hard copy, depending how you made your request and how the information is
held. 

Information is usually provided free of charge but in some circumstances a
fee may be payable and if that is the case I will inform you.  A fees
notice will be issued to you and you will be required to pay this before
we proceed with your request.

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website: [3]https://ico.org.uk/. Plymouth
City Council also has information available on our website:
[4]http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/coun....
If you cannot find the information you require please contact me using
the contact details below.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Rowland
Information Access Officer
Finance
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752307305
E [5][email address]
[6]www.plymouth.gov.uk

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Rebecca,

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

In Q1 I am seeking to understand changes to the size of the LA's SEN/D service as a whole, so this includes any staff employed centrally (including admins) but does not include teaching/individual school staff. So, for C a centrally employed SEN/D specialist based at one school for a period of time would be included, but that school's SENCo would not be included.

I apologise for the confusing nature of the question, and if you would like further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,

Eleanor Bernardes

FoI People, Plymouth City Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request.

Yours sincerely

Hayley Stevens
Information Access Officer

T 01752 398169
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Hayley,

Many thanks for your time and effort in providing this information.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes