Timeline for release of impact assessments for free schools opening in 2016 and 2017

J Downs made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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Dear Department for Education

For the attention of Thomas Byrne, Free Schools Group

Dear Mr Byrne

My Freedom of Information request for the release of impact assessments for free schools opening in 2016 (reference 2017-0047961) was refused on the grounds that the Department of Education would publish them when the information was ready. This would be ‘in a manner and at a time’ decided by the Department.

A precedence was set in 2015 when impact assessments for free schools opening in 2015 were published promptly in November 2015. The 2016 impact assessments are, therefore, already overdue. If the speedy release set in 2015 is followed, then impact assessments for 2017 openers should be published this month.

I should be grateful if you would let me know the timeline for eventual release of impact assessments for 2016 and 2017 free school openers. The timeline should include any actions which remain to be taken before the assessments can be published bearing in mind that the 2015 assessments were released within weeks of the free schools opening.

Yours sincerely

Janet Downs

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Dear Ms Downs,

 

Thank you for your request for information, dated 2 November 2017. Your
request is set out below:

 

“My Freedom of Information request for the release of impact assessments
for free schools opening in 2016 (reference 2017-0047961) was refused on
the grounds that the Department of Education would publish them when the
information was ready.  This would be ‘in a manner and at a time’ decided
by the Department.

 

A precedence was set in 2015 when impact assessments for free schools
opening in 2015 were published promptly in November 2015.  The 2016 impact
assessments are, therefore, already overdue.  If the speedy release set in
2015 is followed, then impact assessments for 2017 openers should be
published this month.

 

I should be grateful if you would let me know the timeline for eventual
release of impact assessments for 2016 and 2017 free school openers.  
 The timeline should include any actions which remain to be taken before
the assessments can be published bearing in mind that the 2015 assessments
were released within weeks of the free schools opening”.

 

I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I have established that the information you requested, specifically a
‘timeline’ of actions which remain to be taken, is not held by this
Department.

The impact assessments for free schools that opened in 2016 and 2017 are
currently being prepared for publication. Before we publish any documents,
we undertake a rigorous quality assurance process, to ensure that each
document is in the correct format for publication and is accessible for
those with visual impairments. Once this process has been completed, we
will publish the documents; the timeline for this is likely to be early in
the new year.

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 Deborah Duke

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