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Eleanor Bernardes made this Freedom of Information request to Essex County Council

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Essex 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

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent request for information which has received by Essex County Council.

Your request is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, under which we must respond within 20 working days.

We will determine and let you know whether we hold the information you have requested and consider whether we are able to release the information or if it is exempt from disclosure.

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Your Right to Know
Information Services
Essex County Council
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Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

Dear Ms Bernardes,

Thank you for your recent request for information, in order for us to process this request we are seeking clarification. Please can you clarify who you are referring to by staff employed centrally by the council with responsibility for Special Educational Needs, apart from EPs and Sp Teachers (who are mentioned specifically in other questions)?

Your request will be placed on hold until we receive such clarification from yourself, and will be placed on hold for a maximum of 60 working days, as laid out by our council policy. Once these 60 days have expired, your request will be automatically closed down. If however you do after this time frame wish to inform us of this clarification it will be received as a new request, meaning we may have to go and ask for you to re submit your clarified questions.

Yours Sincerely

Your Right To Know
Transparency Team
Essex County Council
T: 033301 38989
E: [email address]
W: www.essex.gov.uk

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Your Right To Know,

I am seeking to understand changes to the 'size' of departments with a responsibility for SEN/D, so for question one I am interested in any staff working in/with or for Special Educational Needs whether they are specialists, caseworkers or administrators etc.

Please let me know if you still need further clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

Dear Ms Bernardes,

Thank you for your prompt reply to our clarification request. We have passed this on to the relevant service area who will process and collate the information for your request. I have now taken this request off hold.

Regards

Jack

Your Right To Know
Transparency Team
Essex County Council
T: 033301 38989
E: [email address]
W: www.essex.gov.uk

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Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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