Workload Roadshows

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Dear Department for Education,

Under FOIA, please could you release a list of the dates of the Workload Roadshows and the agendas for each?

Yours faithfully,

Laura McInerney

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Ms McInerney

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2017-0057735.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Ms McInerney,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 06
December. You requested:

‘Under FOIA, please could you release a list of the dates of the Workload
Roadshows and the agendas for each?’

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Following a search of the Department’s paper and electronic records, I
have established that the Department holds some of the information you
requested.

The Department holds the information for the first two roadshow events
that have already taken place. I have enclosed the programmes for the
London based event, held on 28^th November 2017, and the Birmingham based
event, held on 7^th December 2017,  with a small number of redactions to
which we are applying section 40(2) (personal data) of the Act. We are
unable to release the names of staff below Senior Civil Servants, under
section 40(2) of the Act, as staff at grades below the SCS and who do not
have a public-facing role, are exempt from disclosure on the grounds that
release of the information would breach one or more of the principles of
the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Department does not hold the requested information about the future
roadshow evets. The Department is currently working to find suitable dates
and locations for the future roadshow events. Once confirmed, the dates
and locations will be published. For each event, an agenda will be created
and shared with the delegates who register to attend. Each agenda will
follow the same structure, similar to those of the two most recent events
held in London and Birmingham. I will be happy to share the dates and
locations for each of the remaining events once finalised.

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Thomas Watson

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Ms McInerney

 

I refer to your request for an internal review which was received on 20
December 2017. You requested:

 

I would like to request an internal review.

 

WCAT is already popping out of existence. This is about civil servant
decision making at the start of the process, and has nothing to do with
the current transfers. All I want to know is what the risks were and the
mitigation put in place (if any) at the start of the process.

 

There is substantial public interest in knowing the grounds on which an
organisation was given millions of pounds of additional funding just 18
months before it folded and left 21 schools in need of new management.

 

The idea that civil servants wouldn't tell the truth if it was thought
that one day their advice might be made public is surely against the Nolan
Principles and not at all, I would hope, the impression you want the
public to take away from this answer.

 

The department has now completed its internal review process and has
carried out a thorough review of the case, chaired by a senior officer who
was not involved with the original request. The department has decided to
uphold the original decision not to disclose the information concerned for
the same reasons set out in the letter of 20 December 2017.

 

If you are unhappy with this decision, you have the right to appeal
directly to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can
be contacted at:

 

            The Case Reception Unit

            Customer Service Team

Information Commissioner’s Office

            Wycliffe House

            Water Lane

            Wilmslow

            Cheshire

            SK9 5AF

 

Further information about the Information Commissioner’s complaints
procedure can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference 2017-0060563 in any future
communications. 

 

Kind regards

Suresh Rajamanickam

Academies Regional Delivery Group

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