SEND staffing in the LA

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

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Barnsley 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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FOI-DPA-EIR Requests - People, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Eleanor

Thank you for your request for information in relation to:- SEND staffing in the LA

Your request was received on:- 21.07.2015

We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The BMBC reference number is:- FOIA 10715

Your request will be processed as soon as possible, and we will try to provide the information within 20 working days as required.

The 20 day deadline is:- 18.08.2015

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

Thank you once again for your request.

Kind Regards

Jane Buchan
Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Services Feedback and Improvement Team

Postal Address: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council; Communities, Customer Services, Customer Feedback and Improvement Team, PO Box 679, Barnsley, S70 9GG

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FOI-DPA-EIR Requests - People, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Eleanor

I wish to advise you that the time limit for responding to your request for information which was received by email on 21.07.2015 needs to be extended to the 28.08.15, this is due to the amount of information requested and the relevant personnel taking annual leave.

If the information becomes available before the revised date, I will forward it to you as soon as possible.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications

Many thanks

Jane Buchan
Customer Feedback and Improvement Officer
Customer Services Feedback and Improvement Team

Postal Address: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council; Communities, Customer Services, Customer Feedback and Improvement Team, PO Box 679, Barnsley, S70 9GG

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