SEND staffing in the LA

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

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Sandwell 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

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Please quote your reference number INT1-715080827 on all future correspondence.

Regards

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Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Thank you for your enquiry.

I can advise you that your enquiry has been sent to the relevent department, you should receive a response as soon as possible.

Your reference number is 1-715423025

Regards

Corporate Contact Centre
Customer Services

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Kevin Rowland, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Hi

I have been asked to respond to your FOI.

 

Our SEN/D team is based in the Council House and administer statutory SEND
– they don’t visit schools e.g. Statements of SEN / EHC plans.  That team
has grown in the last 12 months.

 

Or

 

Are you after data relating to our specialist staff for SEND and Inclusion
– e.g. Educational and Child Psychologists; specialist teachers;
specialist support staff ?  Who visit schools within the LA.

 

Also, because all our Inclusion Support teams are integrated our offer
includes Behaviour Support and Preventing Primary School exclusions – do
you want these data ?

 

Because you have used SEN/D – are you including the Disabilities’ Team
that is based in Social Care ?

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best wishes, Kevin

 

Dr Kevin Rowland

Principal Educational Psychologist

Inclusion Support Manager

 

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Sandwell Council...working for you

 

T: 0845 352  7552

F: 0121 567 5520

E: [2][email address]     

 

Inclusion Support Service

Connor Education Centre

Connor Road

West Bromwich

B71 3DJ. 

 

E: [3][email address]

 

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Kevin,

Thanks for getting back to me for clarification.

The question seeks to understand changes to the size of the LA's SEN/D team as a whole and therefore refers to all staff with responsibility in that area, whether they are admins or EPs.

How long has your service been integrated as this is one of the key things we are also looking at.

I use the term SEN/D as we have FOI'd every English LA and some have SEN departments, and some have SEND departments, and some have something completely different. For the purpose of this research we are only interested in the disabilities team if the LA see them as intrinsically linked to their SEN team.

I hope this helps, but if not then please do not hesitate to contact me further and I can talk you through the context of the research.

Many thanks,

Eleanor Bernardes

Kevin Rowland, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Hi Eleanor
That's fine.
I'll provide a full response then . It will need to be cleared by the LA before it gets back to you.

Bw Kevin

Dr Kevin Rowland
Principal Educational Psychologist
Inclusion Support Manager

Sandwell Council...working for you

T: 0845 352 7552
F: 0121 567 5520
E: [email address]

Inclusion Support Service
Connor Education Centre
Connor Road
West Bromwich
B71 3DJ.

E: [email address]

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Kevin Rowland, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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Please find attached the information you requested.

 

Best wishes,

 

Dr Kevin Rowland

Principal Educational Psychologist

Inclusion Support Manager

 

[1]sandwell_mbc

 

Sandwell Council...working for you

 

T: 0845 352  7552

F: 0121 567 5520

E: [2][email address]     

 

Inclusion Support Service

Connor Education Centre

Connor Road

West Bromwich

B71 3DJ. 

 

E: [3][email address]

 

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Kevin Rowland,

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

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes