SEND staffing in the LA

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

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Blackpool 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

HR Systems & Information, Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the information you requested on 21st July 2015 and I wish to advise you that some information cannot be disclosed as exemptions apply.

The information that can be disclosed is detailed below

Q1 Please see attached spreadsheet for Total FTE's by Year

Q2 We have a 0.6 dyslexia specialist teacher working for the local authority teams plus educational psychologists.

Q4 JD and PS attached for current Principal Educational Psychologist / SEND Manager role.

Q5 Both roles are under taken by the PEP/SEND Manager. The current post holder started in 2012 and his qualifications are GCSEs, A levels, BA (Hons) Psychology 2.1 University of Warwick, PGCE (secondary slow learners) University of Derby, MEd (educational Psychology) University of Swansea, DEdPsycholoy University of Birmingham, APBPS, C.Sci, Chartered Psychologist

The Local Officer only became a legal entity in September 2014 , so prior to this there was no post holder responsible, although it was part of the PEP/SEND Manager's planning for the changes since 2012

In 2010 and 2011 the Service Manager for Children with Learning & Additional Needs had the following qualifications GCEs, A Levels, Cert Ed (Primary Education), Diploma in Advanced Educational Studies (Primary).

Where some of the information has been withheld because an exemption(s) applies, I have described the exemption and reason below.

The exemption(s) applied:
This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. In accordance with s.17 of the Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

The Council does not have a central record of the information you requested and to search, find and collate any data that might be relevant to the questions asked would exceed the appropriate limit.

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If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you may ask for an internal review and you should submit this in writing to: FOI Internal Review, Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA. Your request for internal review should be submitted within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response.

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision. You can contact the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, (www.ico.org.uk).

If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write to: FOI, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at [Blackpool Borough Council request email]. Please remember to quote your reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Debbie Botham
Senior Human Resources Systems and Information Officer

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