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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Derbyshire County 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

Access2info (Corporate Resources), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Ms Bernardes,

I refer to your request for information received on the 21 July 2015.

We will be dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from receipt of the request, this being the 18 August 2015. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours sincerely,

Lucie Collard
Senior Solicitor
For John McElvaney
Director of Legal Services
Derbyshire County Council
Tel: 01629 538373

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CAYA FOI (Children and Younger Adults), Derbyshire County Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Thank you for your information request dated 21 July 2015. Your request
has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000. The answers to your questions are shown below.

 

 

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:

 

Total for each financial year

 

2010 FTE = 313.49

2011 FTE = 300.33

2012 FTE = 281.91

2013 FTE = 277.33

2014 FTE = 374.34

2015 FTE  = 382.80

 

a.      working with more than one LA school and based in a Local
Authority office. All staff work with more than one school and are based
in Local Authority Offices throughout the County.

b.      working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere n/a

c.      working in one LA school for that school n/a

 

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 Approximate figure for each year  = 30 FTE

b.      working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere N/A

c.      working in one LA school for that school N/A

 

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

 

We do not hold this information in the format requested.

 

4.      The job specification for the person responsible for:

a.      Managing SEN/D provision for the LA: Please see attached document
ref FOI 653-15 SEND_JD_PS

b.      Compiling the Local Offer for the LA: Please see attached document
ref FOI 653-15 JDPS Local Offer

 

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 : I am unable to provide the
exact information you have requested.  However, please see attachments
referred to in question 4a, all post holders are qualified  appropriately
 to Graduate level or equivalent Qualified Teacher Status          
b.      Compiling the Local Offer for the LA: I am unable to provide the
exact information you have requested.  However, please see attachments
referred to in question 4b, all post holders are qualified appropriately
to Degree level or relevant equivalent professional qualification.

 

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear CAYA FOI (Children and Younger Adults),

Many thanks for your time and effort in getting this information for me.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes