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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, unless exempt.

Although Education Leeds is a limited company in law, we must comply with this Act as the company is wholly owned by Leeds City Council, performing services which are a function of the Council.

One of the responsibilities under the Act is to produce and maintain a publication scheme which is designed to allow easy access to information not routinely available from other sources. The publication scheme must set out the types of information we publish, the format(s) in which it is available and details of any charges. Our scheme has been recognised as an "exemplar" by the Records Management Society of Great Britain.

Due to the nature of our organisation, there may be documents which we will not publish because they are corporately confidential. Similarly, documents relating to certain areas of Education Leeds business which concern sensitive matters, such as specific investigations, tribunals and disputes, will not be published as a matter of routine. However, in these circumstances we will assess the public interest in connection with requests of this nature.

In accordance with the right of access, anyone anywhere can make a request for information, although the request must be made in writing (including email). The request must contain a  name and an address for response, together with a description of the information sought. The request must be satisfied by 20 working days unless exempt, in which case an explanation must be given as to why this is the case.

For further guidance on how to make a request please see "Responding to Requests".

The right of access is in two parts:

  • the right to be told whether the requested information is held
  • the right to receive the information, preferably in the format specified

Since January 2005 when the Act came into force, Education Leeds has met all requests within the statutory response rate of twenty working days.

 

1. Who we are and what we do

Organisational information
This link describes the background and vision of Education Leeds.

Memorandum and articles of association
This legal document details the objectives of Education Leeds, and describes the provision for general meetings, voting, and the appointment and duties of directors.

Board membership
Education Leeds is a not-for-profit company, wholly owned by Leeds City Council. Accountability is to the Board of Education Leeds, this link gives details of who the board members are.

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2. What we spend and how we spend it

Year end accounts for the 2007/08 financial year

Section 52 budget statement for the 2008/09 financial year
This statutory document contains details of the budgeted spending on education, schools budget shares, a breakdown of each school's budget share by formula factor, a description of the allocation formula and details of standards fund and other grants.

Estimated section 52 budget statement for the 2009/10 financial year
This statutory document contains details of the estimated budgeted spending on education, schools budget shares, a breakdown of each school's budget share by formula factor, a description of the allocation formula and details of standards fund and other grants. The final funding allocations will be based on the actual numbers of pupils on roll in the 2009 schools census and any other revised data that is used within the formula.

Estimated section 52 budget statement for the 2010/11 financial year
This statutory document contains details of the estimated budgeted spending on education, schools budget shares, a breakdown of each school's budget share by formula factor, a description of the allocation formula and details of standards fund and other grants. The final funding allocations will be based on the actual numbers of pupils on roll in the 2010 schools census and any other revised data that is used within the formula.

Procurement advice for schools
The commissioning, procurement and business development website provides a one stop shop procurement helpline for schools

Procurement advice for Education Leeds
This document contains the rules and regulations for Education Leeds staff around entering into contracts.


3. What our priorities are and how we are doing

Education Leeds’ strategic plan 2007/08
The plan identifies the priorities that drive Education Leeds’ provision over the three years between 2006 and 2009. Annual activity programmes highlight what we are doing to meet our priorities each year. The new plan for 2009 onwards is currently being finalised.

Education Leeds produces an annual report to highlight what our achievements have been during the year.

Inspections and reviews
Education Leeds is subject to external reviews by Ofsted, the government agency that inspects and regulates services for children and young people. This page on the Ofsted website contains copies of the judgements from all recent inspections.

The Audit Commission also carries out an annual survey of schools to find out what they think about how teams from Education Leeds are supporting them. This link gives the results from the 2008 survey.

 

4. How we make decisions

The Education Leeds Board holds eleven meetings a year; one every month except for August. The links below are to the minutes and agendas for recent meetings:

Education Leeds submits reports to Leeds City’s Council’s Executive Board. This link gives more information about Executive Board, including meeting dates and links to papers.

Education Leeds has a consultation and engagement framework that outlines what measures officers must take to consult with schools and the wider education community when making decisions.

Decision-making about changes to school provision is always subject to a public consultation process. The school organisation team publish information about all current school consultations.


 

5. Our policies and procedures

Policies and procedures for conducting departmental business
Education Leeds corporate governance arrangements

Policies and procedures for delivering our services
Education Leeds is in the process of producing an equality and diversity scheme and this will be published as part of this scheme once it is approved by the Education Leeds board.

Policies and procedures for recruiting and employing staff
Vacancies are advertised through Leeds City Council’s job website.

Education Leeds Human Resource Strategy

Officer code of conduct

Customer service
Education Leeds has a formal complaints process for members of the public who are not happy about a service. This link describes the process and gives examples of some of the changes that we have made to act on complaints received in the past.

Education Leeds has a set of customer care standards that all our staff follow.


Records management and personal data policies
The links below detail a range of policies related to records management and personal data.


Charging regimes and policies
Charges for Freedom of Information requests

6. Lists and registers

Education Leeds does not have a property asset list as all properties that Education Leeds staff work in are owned or leased by Leeds City Council, and Education Leeds rents these from the council. The council’s asset management service can help with enquiries about council properties.


 

7. The services we offer

Education Leeds provides services to schools and also to members of the public. One of the main services Education Leeds delivers to children and families is managing school admissions and transport services.

The governor support service provides support to governing bodies.

We maintain a directory of all services to schools provided by Education Leeds. This contains a pick-list of services to school and gives a description of the service, pricing information and contact details.

 


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