SEND staffing in the LA

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Eleanor Bernardes

Dear Wandsworth 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.
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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

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2015/11577 - Staff responsibly to special needs

 

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Dear Ms Barnardes,

I am writing to let you know that the department tasked with collating
information for your request have advised that the deadline of 19^th
August 2015 will be exceeded.  Please accept our apologies for any delay,
but be assured that the response will be provided to you as soon as is
practically possible.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Sue Murray

Corporate Support & Information Officer

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Request for Information - 2015/11577 - Staff responsible for SEN

 

I refer to your request for information received on 22/07/2015.  Please
accept our apologies for the delay in our response to your request: -

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;

 

Year SNAS/SSP SEN Reforms Education Inclusion Service Total
2010/11 17 Included in Information no longer held as only 17
figs to left. kept for 3 years
2011/12 15.8 Included in Information no longer held as only 15.8
figs to left kept for 3 years
2012/13 19.2 Included in 11.6 30.8
figs to left.
2013/14 19.2 0.8 12.0 32.0
2014/15 19.2 4.2 13.7 37.1

 

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

0.

c.     working in one LA school for that school.

0.  The Council has a number of peripatetic services, e.g. ASD Support,
but staff are employed directly by schools providing the service.

 

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;

Year Total
2010/11 Information no longer held as only kept for 3 years
2011/12 Information no longer held as only kept for 3 years
2012/13 4.5
2013/14 4.5
201/15 7.2

 

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

0.

c.       working in one LA school for that school.

0.

 

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.

0 for all years.

 

4.                  The job specification for the person responsible for:

a.       Managing SEN/D provision for the LA;

Please refer to the attached pdf documents entitled “Head of Special
Needs…” and “Head of Special Services Planning”.  The postholders are
responsible for the Special Needs Assessment Service; Planning for
Specialist Provision and Short Breaks; Disabled Children’s Social Work;
Residential provision for children with disabilities and Schools and
Community Psychology Service.).  These documents have been redacted of
officer names and signatures as this is considered to be personal
information.  Please note that this personal information is exempt from
disclosure under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as
disclosure would result in a breach of the first data protection
principle.

 

b.      Compiling the Local Offer for the LA.

Please refer to the attached pdf document entitled “Information Officer”. 

 

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;

BA(Hons), PG Diploma in Clinical Communication Studies, MSc, Diploma in
Leadership and Management.

b.    Compiling the Local Offer for the LA.

               BA(Hons).

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Regards

Sue Murray

Corporate Support and Information Team

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