SEND staffing in the LA

Eleanor Bernardes made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Stoke on Trent 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

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Your request for information ref. SOT44129

 

Thank you for your request for information about staff employed with
responsibility for SEN.  Your request was received by the Information
Rights Team on 21 July 2015.  This is being dealt with under the terms of
the appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Your request for information ref. SOT44129 about staff employed with
responsibility for SEN.

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
enclosed below.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

 

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

 

Answer:-

Number of full time equivalent members of 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015  
staff employed centrally by the Council
for SEND
a. working with more than one LA school 33.5 29.6 29.6 26 31 30.5  
and based in a Local Authority office

 
b. working with more than one LA school 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5  
and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that 0 0 0 0 0 0  
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

Answer:-

Numbers of full time equivalent members if 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015  
staff who are dyslexia and literary
specialists employed by the Council
a. working with more than one LA school 3.5 3.5 3.5 4 3 3.5  
and based in a Local Authority office

 
b. working with more than one LA school 0 0 0 0 0 0  
and based elsewhere
c. working in one LA school for that 0 0 0 0 0 0  
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

 

The Council centrally employs educational psychologists and SEND
specialists and does not contract external specialists.

 

4.            The job specification for the person responsible for:

a.            Managing SEN/D provision for the LA

 

·         Responsible for delivering SEND strategy

·         Responsible for delivering SEND budgets

·         Responsible for delivering a range of services

·         Responsible for delivering improved outcomes for children and
young people with SEND and for supporting them in achieving the best
outcomes.

·         Responsible for developing integrated approaches to SEND,
service redesign and building capacity and quality of services.

·         Ensuring parents/carers and children/young people are at the
centre of decision making that affects provision and support

 

b.            Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

 

·         Responsible for lead officer role in managing and developing the
Local Offer

·         Responsible for ensuring that all information and content is of
appropriate quality

·         Responsible for management of information relating to Local
Offer

·         Responsible for maintenance of systems to collect and respond to
feedback from users of Local offer

·         Responsible for liaising with schools, partner agencies and
providers who provide information to the 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

 

2010 to 2015   - Educated to Degree Level; Management Qualifications;
significant experience and CPD at a senior service level in a SEND related
filed.

 

b.            Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

 

2010 to 2014 – Post did not exist

2014 to 2015 – SEND Advisor; Qualified Teacher; Experience of working as a
SENCO.

 

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Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [4][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

Request

 

Dear Stoke on Trent 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

 

 

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