SEND staffing in the LA

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Bedford 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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Daniela Hanson, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 7682

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

 

Unfortunately we are unable to process your request as we have
insufficient detail from you to identify the information you require.

 

Can you please clarify;

 

What responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND) is – as I
would expect a number of our staff to have this responsibility?

 

Or is this just the staff in our SEND team?

 

When we have received your response, we will contact you again to provide
details of when you might expect to receive the information from us.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Daniela

Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services)
Support Services
Children's and Adults' Services
Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Daniela,

Thanks for getting back to me to clarify the response.

I am interested in all staff working in your SEN/D team. Or, as is the case with some councils, if you don't have a SEN/D team (for instance if you have an integrated service), then all staff who have SEN/D responsibilities as part of their job role.

I hope this helps, please let me know if you need any further clarification.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Eleanor Bernardes

Daniela Hanson, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

Thank you for your letter clarifying your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will now proceed with the request. It is our intention to have the information delivered to you by 18 August 2015.

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Yours sincerely

Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services) Support Services Children's and Adults' Services Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 276749 (Internal 44749)
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Daniela Hanson, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

Further to your email with clarification dated 27 July, we confirm the following with regards to your request:

If the information you were requesting would be the team that is responsible for the administration of the Assessments as per the Children and Families Act then we can provide this. However, if it is the broader remit as noted in your email, it would take in excess of 18 hours to complete this request and we would therefore have to refuse your request.

Can you please advise how you would like us to proceed with this request?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Daniela
Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services) Support Services Children's and Adults' Services Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 276749 (Internal 44749)
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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Daniela,

Many thanks for your reply.

Perhaps I could give you a call to discuss this further before deciding how to proceed?

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Daniela Hanson, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Eleanor

I am happy for you to call to discuss this further. My direct number is 01234 276749.

Kind regards
Daniela
Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services) Support Services Children's and Adults' Services Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 276749 (Internal 44749)
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Maria Scapini, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Ms Bernardes

 

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 7682.

 

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the
information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the
Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the
cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data
Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides
that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is
calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost
of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The
Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for
the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably
expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it
holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which
may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document
which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from
a document containing it.”

 

As per your communication  with Daniela Hanson and Tim Long, we are unable
to provide you with the information requested in the entirety of your FOI
request (due to the above exceeding the appropriate limit). However we can
supply you with some of the data as listed below and agreed with yourself.

 

You requested:

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:

Answer:

31.03.2010 – 9 FTE

31.03.2011 – 8 FTE

31.03.2012 – 11.5 FTE

31.03.2013 – 11.31 FTE

31.03.2014 – 11.30 FTE

31.03.2015 – 11.57 FTE

 

a.            working with more than one LA school and based in a Local
Authority office

 

Answer:

All of the above staff

 

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

 

Answer:

None

 

c.            working in one LA school for that school

 

Answer:

None

 

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:

None

 

 

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

 

Answer:

None

 

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

 

Answer:

Please see attached file

 

 

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

 

Answer:

Masters Level

 

 

 

 

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Yours sincerely
Daniela

Daniela Hanson
Freedom of Information Administrator (Children's Services)
Support Services
Children's and Adults' Services
Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 276749 (Internal 44749)
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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Daniela,

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

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes