Jesus beat the Devil quicker than the ICO will sort the DfE

We have a new Information Commissioner, and she seems very exciting and hip. She keeps talking about how she wants to expand Freedom of Information laws to any group with a public contract. Which sounds great and everyone is excited. I am not. At the moment, trying to get information from a government department who … Continue reading Jesus beat the Devil quicker than the ICO will sort the DfE

On death, FOIs, and coping at work: A very personal essay

Within days of winning something fantastic, my family lost someone dear. I'm still trying to figure out how to feel about it all. So I blogged.

The Government Department That Stole Christmas

The Department for Education have literally stolen my Christmas. Four times.

After a 3 year battle the DfE now claim they have ‘lost’ 41 free school letters

After three years, two court cases, endless emails, and a new interpretation of the law to try and stop it, the Department for Education have been ordered - yet again - to provide me information about free schools. But there is a new twist....

Should I appeal this #FOI about the DfE’s investigation into ‘mass migration’?

"At the time it struck me as strange that a Secretary of State, coming near the end of their term, would order such an inquiry. Especially when immigration has barely come up as an issue in schools."

Vexatious again: This time, for asking to see the Workload Challenge results

In October, education secretary Nicky Morgan launched the 'Workload Challenge' - a consultation with teachers about their work burden and would could be done to reduce it. The Department for Education tweeted the hell out of it and made a thing about how they were analysing all 44,000 responses. https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/545226487046352896 I decided to ask for … Continue reading Vexatious again: This time, for asking to see the Workload Challenge results

FOI Advice Part II – Especially About Education

Back in May, I explained how to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 8 Easy Steps. That info is good for just about any type of FOI request. In this blog I want to get into the specifics of making requests about education things. And then in a final blog, coming soon!, … Continue reading FOI Advice Part II – Especially About Education

How I Lost A Court Case But Got A New Job

So, the results are in on the Information Tribunal. And... I lost. Frustrating and upsetting as it is, it's what the judge on the day found and so I have to accept that a blanket ask for free school applications and the decision letters has been ruled out. A number of things have been annoying about … Continue reading How I Lost A Court Case But Got A New Job

Kentucky Fried Schools: Are Academies a “trade secret”?

As explained a while back, I am currently in the process of studying academy providers who applied to run schools under the Targeted Basic Need Programme. One of the things I requested under the Freedom of Information Act was the plans submitted by academy trusts as part of their pitch to run schools. In most … Continue reading Kentucky Fried Schools: Are Academies a “trade secret”?

8 Easy Steps To Completing a Freedom of Information Request

A few people have contacted me recently asking how they use the Freedom of Information Act to access documents held by the government or other public authorities (including schools and Ofsted). I'm always delighted to help but I also understand people want to be able to do things for themselves. Hence, I've put together three … Continue reading 8 Easy Steps To Completing a Freedom of Information Request

The Apology That Really *WAS* A Press Release

Two weeks ago I blogged about Michael Gove claiming he had an apology "confirmed in writing" from Action Fraud. The apology stated that Action Fraud were at fault for the mislabelling of a phone call about school fraud as 'information' rather than a 'crime' report. I asked via an FOI request to see the apology. The … Continue reading The Apology That Really *WAS* A Press Release