SEND staffing in the LA

Eleanor Bernardes made this Freedom of Information request to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council.

Eleanor Bernardes

Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20150721-00298-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

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21/07/2015 16:01:22 GDT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - SEND staffing in the LA

Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Further to your recent request for information, ref 20150721-00298-1,
please find below details to update you with the progress of this request.

 

Due to annual leave commitments for the summer period.  We will be unable
to complete within the timescale until early September.

 

Regards

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Joanne Davies/CYPS/STHMBC, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Elenor

I am responding to your FOI request.

St Helens Council is unable to provide you with this information. Job
descriptions are not indicative of whether a member of staff has, or has
had, responsibility for SEN. It would therefore be necessary to contact all
mangers within CYPS to access the information requested. Consequently, it
is estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the
‘appropriate limit’ for a local authority of £450. This is based on the
work required taking longer than 18 hours at a cost of £25 per person per
hour (section12(1) of the Freedom of information Act 2000 and regulation 3
and 4 of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit
and Fees)Regulations 2004)

You may of course wish to make a new request for a narrower category of
information with which the council could comply if this further request was
considered to be within the appropriate limit.

Jo Davies
Assistant Director
School Effectiveness
Atlas House
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA9 1LD
01744 671037
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