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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Bradford 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

Sanam Nazir, Bradford City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding the  number of full
time equivalent members of staff employed centrally by the  Local
Authority with responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND),
staff who are dyslexia and literacy specialists and the amount of hours
contracted to external specialists for the period 2010 to 2015.

 

Your request was received today and I am dealing with this under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  A response will be sent by 17
August 2015.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many regards

Sanam

 

 

Sanam Nazir

Education Liaison Officer

 

T: 01274 385901

F: 01274 385951

E: [1][email address]

Ground Floor, Future House, Bradford, BD4 7EB

 

Department of Children's Service

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Aiming High For Children

 

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Angela Firth, Bradford City Council

Dear Eleanor

 

Unfortunately we have not been able to collate our response to you within
the allocated 20 working days, so please accept my apologies for this.

 

We will aim to have the response with you as soon as possible, but
hopefully within the next 10 working days.The information cannot be
answered as it requires information from the head of teams (schools) and
this can only be answered in September when the officer’s return to
school.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angela Firth

 

Mrs Angela Firth

Information Governance Support Officer
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council- Department of Finance
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Tel: 01274 432632
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Sanam Nazir, Bradford City Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Re: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION  ACT – ENQ03073

 

I refer to your request received 22 July 2015 . Please find below the
response.

 

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

 

Please note the information for the above questions 1 - 3 cannot be
answered as it requires information from the heads of teams (schools) and
this can only be answered in September when the officers return to school.
A further response will be sent by the end of September 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

 

Please see attached job profile.

 

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

 

Please see attached job profile.

 

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for a review of
this decision by contacting [1][Bradford City Council request email] or by writing to
Freedom of Information, 5th Floor, Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford,
West Yorkshire, BD1 1HX.

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545700      URL: [2]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

 

Kind regards

Sanam

 

 

Sanam Nazir

Education Liaison Officer

 

T: 01274 385901

F: 01274 385951

E: [3][email address]

Ground Floor, Future House, Bradford, BD4 7EB

 

Department of Children's Service

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Aiming High For Children

 

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Sanam Nazir, Bradford City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Re: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION  ACT – ENQ03073

 

Please see below  your remaining response.

 

Q1) 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

 

Financial Year
2013- 2014- 2015 -
2011-2012 2012-2013  2014 2015 2016
working with more than one
LA school and based in a
local authority office 19.6 15 12 20.1 21.1
working with more than one
school and based elsewhere          
working in one LA school
for that school          
Please note:
The reduction in numbers during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years is
due to admin staff being moved to transactional services.
The 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years include
CCHDT Admin and 1fte Local Offer post.

 

 

Q2)        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

 

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
working with more than one LA school and based
in a local authority office 58.3 58.3 57.3 55.3 66.8
working with more than one school and based
elsewhere          
working in one LA school for that school 61.3 61.8 61.8 61.8 62.4
The above numbers cover the following services /
teams:
-          Sensory
-          Cognition and learning
-          Communication and Interaction
-          Physical and Medical
 

We do not hold the information broken down for
dyslexia  and literacy.

 

Q3)  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

 

Nil.

 

We are unable to provide details for 2010  as  the SEN team was employed
by Serco and we no longer hold this information.

 

 

A response for Q4 and Q5 was sent to you on the 18 August 2015.

If you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for a review of
this decision by contacting [1][Bradford City Council request email] or by writing to
Freedom of Information, 5th Floor, Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford,
West Yorkshire, BD1 1HX.

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545700      URL: [2]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Kind regards

Sanam

 

 

Sanam Nazir

Education Liaison Officer

 

T: 01274 385901

F: 01274 385951

E: [3][email address]

Ground Floor, Future House, Bradford, BD4 7EB

 

Department of Children's Service

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

Aiming High For Children

 

For Freedom of Information request, please visit our website
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