SEND staffing in the LA

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Wiltshire 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

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

Request for Information – reference RFI - ENQ03992-REQ001

Thank you for your request for information received on 21st July 2015.

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Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Team
Governance Service
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Wiltshire Council
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FOI, Wiltshire Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

Request for Information – reference RFI - ENQ03992-REQ001

Thank you for your request for information received on 21st July 2015.

In response to your request officers have provided the following:

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
Answer:see below

b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
Answer:0

c. working in one LA school for that school
Answer:unknown

2010 66.36
2011 61.43
2012 68.31
2013 56.37
2014 152.22
2015 169.84

The numbers have increased in the last two years as we have integrated with social care to become Special Educational Needs and Disability rather than just SEN.

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
Answer:None employed centrally

b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
Answer:0

c. working in one LA school for that school
Answer:unknown

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

Answer:
2010 – no information held
2011- 159.25 hours
2012 – 121 hours
2013 – 0
2014 – 1513 hours
2015 to June – 692 hours

4. The job specification for the person responsible for:

a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
Answer:see attached

b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA
Answer:see attached

5. The qualifications held by the person responsible for the following role in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:

Answer:
2010-11 – London External BSc (Hon) and Postgraduate certificate in Education
2012 -13 - Adv Dip in special Education and Master of Education – special Education
2013 -14 – No information held
2014 -15 - Certificate of Qualification in social work (CQSW)

a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA

b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

Answer:
2010 - 2015
DipHE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - BA BUSINESS STUDIES - Corporate strategy, accountancy and finance, marketing, consumer behaviour, organisational management Management strategy, operations management, finance and accounting
BA BUSINESS STUDIES - Corporate strategy, accountancy and finance, marketing, consumer behaviour, organisational management BA Hons 2:1

Wiltshire Council has not withheld any information in relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely

Lesley

Lesley Tilley (Mrs)
Corporate Information Officer
Governance Team
County Hall
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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear FOI,

Thank you very much for your time and for providing me with this information.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes