SEND staffing in the LA

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Lewisham 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

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

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Casework, CYP, Lewisham Borough Council

 
Dear Ms Bernardes,
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your recent request for information.
 
This is to inform you that we are unable to answer your request based on
the details you have provided.
 
To assist us in proceeding with your request, please could you provide us
with further information on the following:

* Question 1 of your request; by "staff" are you referring to the
numbers within the Council's SEND team?? or are you also referring to
SENCo and teachers???

After receiving clarification from you, your request will be considered
and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20
working days, subject to the application of any statutory exemptions.
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Gemma Varela
Complaints and Representations Officer
Children's Social Care
 
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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Gemma,

Apologies - I thought I had already replied but I have been asked to reply again, so if this is a duplicate please ignore!

Q1 seeks to understand only the changes to the SEN/D team as employed centrally by the council, so *not* referring to SENCos and teachers (unless they have responsibility across the borough or in more than one school).

Many thanks and I hope this helps, if not, please do not hesitate to get back to me.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Casework, CYP, Lewisham Borough Council

Thanks for this.

Gemma is on leave, but I have amended the request and advised my team accordingly. A response will be forthcoming no later than 4 September.

Kind regards

David Tominey

Complaints & Access to Records Manager
Children's Social Care
London Borough of Lewisham
3rd Floor, Laurence House
1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU

0208 314 6930

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Casework, Customer Services, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Ms Bernades,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

We write regarding your request for information, received on 9 August 2015.

We sincerely apologise that we have been unable to meet your request within the timescale. Due to current volumes and staff shortages, a backlog is currently being experienced, which we are working hard to resolve. We expect to issue your response within the next two weeks if not sooner. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please be assured that we are dealing with your request as matter of urgency. In the event that consideration is given to qualified exemptions we will contact you again with a revised timescale.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Casework Team

From: Eleanor Bernardes [mailto:[FOI #281508 email]]
Sent: 21 July 2015 17:27
To: Information, Freedom
Subject: Freedom of Information request - SEND staffing in the LA

Dear Lewisham 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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Phillip Mears, Lewisham Borough Council

London Borough of Lewisham - Freedom of Information request

Our Reference: 326413

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Phillip Mears,

This information is no longer required as it has taken so long.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Bernardes

Mears, Phillip, Lewisham Borough Council

Thank you Eleanor, I apologise again for failing to provide the information.

Regards

Phillip Mears

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