Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information – Publicaton Scheme for Colleges of Further Education

Name of College: Stockton Riverside College
Type of College: General Further Education (GFE)
Principal & Chief Executive: Mr Phil Cook
Postal Address: Harvard Avenue
Thornaby
Stockton-on-Tees
TS17 6FB
Telephone: 01642 865400
Fax: 01642 865470
Website: https://www.stockton.ac.uk
Chair of Governors: Mr Mark White OBE DL

1. Legal requirement

1.1 Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all ‘public authorities’ to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

1.2 ‘Public authorities’ are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

2. What is a publication scheme?

2.1 A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context, ‘publish’ means to make information available, routinely. These descriptions are called ‘classes of information’. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority’s commitment to make available the information described.

2.2 A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

3. The ‘model’ publication scheme for colleges of further education

3.1 Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges every public authority to adopt an approved Publication Scheme and Stockton Riverside College has adopted the scheme for Colleges of Further Education.

4. Who we are

4.1 Stockton Riverside College is an ambitious, forward-looking, values driven and dynamic college which endeavours to be innovative and inclusive in meeting the complex needs and demands of its learner communities. The college is dedicated to delivering high quality provision and meeting or exceeding national educational and occupational standards in preparing learners for employment, enterprise, higher education, independent living or enhanced lifestyles.

4.2 Stockton Riverside College opened in January 2003 in new purpose built premises and was formerly known as Stockton and Billingham College of Further Education. The main campus is situated on the Teesdale site, close to Stockton town centre and Thornaby railway station.

5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

5.1 The classes of information we publish are described in the second part of the scheme.

5.2 Next to each class we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available. We have also indicated whether charges apply to material in each class.

5.3 To request information available through our publication scheme, please contact: Head of Infrastructure, Stockton Riverside College, Harvard Avenue, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6FB. You can also send an email to data@stockton.ac.uk .

5.4 Please note that a publication scheme relates to ‘published’ information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.

6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

6.1 From 1 January 2005 you have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by a public authority which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.

6.2 Requests will have to be made in writing and, in general, public authorities will have 20 working days to respond. They may charge a fee, which will have to be calculated according to Fees Regulations. They will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, public authorities may be required to explain to the applicant why they are not releasing information and they may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.

7. Feedback

7.1 It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:

Web and Compliance Manager
Stockton Riverside College
Harvard Avenue
Thornaby
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6FB

data@stockton.ac.uk

7.2 If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can write to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Website: http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

1.0 - Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

Group/Class: 1.1 – Legal Framework / Instrument of Government / Articles of Association
Name: Governance Microsite
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Governors.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 1.2 – How the institution is organised
Name: Management Structure
Description: The College’s Management structure.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 1.3 – Lists of and information relating to organisations we work in partnership with and any companies wholly owned by us
Name: Partnerships and suppliers
Description: The college’s Vice Principal Development manages this information. Please forward enquiries accordingly. Contact 01642 865400.
Manner available: Online.
Cost: Free
Name: Schools
Description: The college’s Head of Equality and Learner Support and Head of SRC Bede Sixth Form manage the information relevant to their campus. Please forward enquiries accordingly. Contact 01642 865400 for Teesdale campus and 01642 373250 for Billingham campus (SRC Bede Sixth Form).
Manner available: Online.
Cost: Free
Name: Universities
Description: The college’s Head of Quality manages this information. Please forward enquiries accordingly. Contact 01642 865400.
Manner available: Online.
Cost: Free
Name: Wholly owned companies
Description: The college’s Finance Director manages this information. Please forward enquiries accordingly. Contact 01642 865400.
Manner available: Online.
Cost: Free
Group/Class: 1.4 – Location and contact details
Name: Contact Us
Description: Section of the website detailing how to contact us.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 1.5 – Student activities

2.0 - What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

Group/Class: 2.1 – Funding / income
Group/Class: 2.2 – Budgetary and account information; expenditure
Group/Class: 2.3 – Financial audit reports
Name: Signed Accounts (2016)
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the latest Signed Accounts.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 2.4 – Capital programme
Group/Class: 2.5 – Financial Regulations and procedures
Name: Financial Regulations
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to Financial regulations.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 2.6 – Pay Policy
Group/Class: 2.7 – Staff pay and grading structure
Group/Class: 2.8 – Staff allowances and expenses
Group/Class: 2.9 – Governors’ allowances
Group/Class: 2.10 – Register of suppliers
Group/Class: 2.11 – Procurements and tender procedures and reports
Group/Class: 2.12 – Contracts

3.0 - What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

Group/Class: 3.1 – Annual report
Name: Annual Report
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the Annual Report.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 3.2 – Self assessment report
Group/Class: 3.3 – Corporate and business plans
Group/Class: 3.4 – Teaching and learning strategy
Group/Class: 3.5 – Academic quality and standards
Group/Class: 3.6 – Most recent Ofsted inspection report
Name: Ofsted Report
Description: Link to Ofsted Report
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 3.7 – Privacy impact assessments
Group/Class: 3.8 – External review information
Name: Ofsted Report
Description: External review information in the official Ofsted Report.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 3.9 – Corporate relations
Group/Class: 3.10 – Government and regulatory reports
Name: Ofsted Report
Description: External review information in the official Ofsted Report.
Manner available: Online.

4.0 - How we make decisions

Decision making processes and records of decisions.

Group/Class: 4.1 – Minutes, agendas and papers from governing body, council, academic boards, steering groups and committees.
Name: Governance minutes
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to Minutes of meetings.
Manner available: Online.

5.0 - Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

Group/Class: 5.1 – Policies and procedures for conducting college business
Group/Class: 5.2 – Procedures and policies relating to academic services
Group/Class: 5.3 – Procedures and policies relating to student services

Name: Safeguarding Policy

Description: Document containing information related to the college’s Safeguarding Policy.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Safeguarding Policy
Please see below for the appendixes relating to the overarching Safeguarding Policy.

Name: Appendix A Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection

Description: Document containing information related to Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access Appendix A Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection

Name: Appendix C Children and Adults Missing from Education

Description: Document containing information related to Children and Adults Missing from Education.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Children and Adults Missing from Education

Name: Appendix D Female Genital Mutilation

Description: Document containing information related to Female Genital Mutilation.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Female Genital Mutilation

Name: Appendix E Peer on Peer Abuse (including bullying cyber-bullying and sexting)

Description: Document containing information related to Peer on Peer Abuse (including bullying cyber-bullying and sexting).

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Peer on Peer Abuse (including bullying cyber-bullying and sexting)

Name: Appendix F Looked After Children (LAC) care leavers 14-16s and LLDD

Description: Document containing information related to Looked After Children (LAC) care leavers 14-16s and LLDD.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Looked After Children (LAC) care leavers 14-16s and LLDD

Name: Appendix G Prevent

Description: Document containing information related to Prevent.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Prevent

Name: Student misconduct

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to Student Misconduct.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Student misconduct procedure

Group/Class: 5.4 – Procedures and policies relating to human resources

Name: Appendix B Staff Code of Conduct

Description: Document containing information related to the Staff Code of Conduct.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access Staff Code of Conduct information

Name: Appendix H Providing a Safe Place of Work and Study

Description: Document containing information related to Providing a Safe Place of Work and Study.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Providing a Safe Place of Work and Study

Name: Appendix I College Arrangements for Safeguarding Training

Description: Document containing information related to College Arrangements for Safeguarding Training.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to College Arrangements for Safeguarding Training

Name: Appendix J Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

Description: Document containing information related to Disclosure and Barring Service Checks.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

Name: Appendix K Safeguarding Risk Assessment Panels

Description: Document containing information related to Safeguarding Risk Assessment Panels.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access policy information relating to Safeguarding Risk Assessment Panels

Name: Appendix M Allegations and Whistleblowing (Safeguarding)

Description: Document containing information related to the college’s Allegations and Whistleblowing (Safeguarding) Policy.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access Appendix M Allegations and Whistleblowing (Safeguarding)

Group/Class: 5.5 – Procedures and policies relating to recruitment

Name: Appendix L Safer Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to Safer Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access information relating to Safer Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers

Group/Class: 5.6 – Code of conduct for members of governing bodies
Group/Class: 5.7 – Equality and Diversity policies; Equality Scheme
Group/Class: 5.8 – Health and safety

Name: Health and Safety Policy Statement

Description: Document containing information related to the college’s Health and Safety Policy Statement.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Health and Safety Policy Statement

Name: Health and Safety Policy

Description: Document containing information related to the college’s Health and Safety Policy.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Health and Safety Policy

Group/Class: 5.9 – Estate management
Group/Class: 5.10 – Complaints policies and procedures

Name: Compliments, Suggestions and Complaints Policy

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Compliments, Suggestions and Complaints Policy.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Compliments, Suggestions and Complaints Policy

Group/Class: 5.11 – Records management and personal data policies

Name: Governance Microsite

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Governors.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to visit the Governance Microsite

Name: College Policies and Procedures

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Policies and Procedures.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the College Policies and Procedures

Group/Class: 5.12 – Fileplans
Group/Class: 5.13 – Charging regimes and policies

Name: Sub-Contracting Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy

Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Sub-Contracting Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy.

Manner available: Online.

Cost: Free | Click here to access the Sub-Contracting Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy

6.0 - Lists and registers

Information in currently maintained lists and registers.

Group/Class: 6.1 – Any information we are currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers
Group/Class: 6.2 – Asset registers
Group/Class: 6.3 – Information asset register
Group/Class: 6.4 – CCTV
Group/Class: 6.5 – Disclosure logs
Group/Class: 6.6 – Any register of interests kept in the college
Group/Class: 6.7 – Senior staff declaration of interests
Group/Class: 6.8 – Register of gifts and hospitality provided to senior staff

7.0 - The services we offer

Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

Group/Class: 7.1 – Prospectus and course content
Name: Our Courses
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college courses.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 7.2 – Services for outside bodies
Group/Class: 7.3 – Health including medical services
Group/Class: 7.4 – Welfare and counselling services
Group/Class: 7.5 – Funding, such as grants and bursaries, available to students from the college
Group/Class: 7.6 – Careers advice
Name: Careers Advice
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Careers Advice service.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 7.7 – Chaplaincy services and multi-faith provision
Group/Class: 7.8 – Services for which the college is entitled to recover a fee together with those fees
Group/Class: 7.9 – Sports and recreational facilities
Group/Class: 7.10 – Facilities relating to music, art and other cultural activities
Group/Class: 7.11 – Museum, libraries, special collections and archives
Name: The Learning Resource Centre
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the Learning Resource Centre.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 7.12 – Conference facilities
Name: Conference Facilities
Description: Section of the website containing information relating to the college Conference Facilities.
Manner available: Online.
Group/Class: 7.13 – Advice and guidance
Group/Class: 7.14 – Media releases