Our Brain Gym Freedom of Information requests are off and I've started getting lots of standard acknowledgement emails back. I also got a couple of phone calls, one asking "What is Brain Gym? It sounds scary"!
If you would like to carry out your own FOI request in Scotland, here is a list of contact details for all the 32 local authorities and the seven teacher training institutions. I hope its useful to someone. Remember when emailing to include your postal address, post code, phone number, and be clear that its a FOI request and the timescale of the information you're wanting.
In the spirit of openness here is what we've requested:
In an attempt to determine the cost of Brain Gym related activities, we would like to use the Freedom of Information Act to request the following:
1) The amount of money the local authority paid for Brain Gym activities, including professional development for both teachers and support staff, be it directly to the Brain Gym trademark holders,
Educational Kinesiology UK Foundation,
12, Golders Rise,
London NW4 2HR
or to third party instructors and trainers.
2) The number of hours of staff time that have been devoted to Brain Gym activities, including professional development for both teachers and support staff,
3) The cost of covering staff for any Brain Gym training courses provided during school hours.
4) Venue costs for Brain Gym training. Where the local authority has provided a venue, any extra costs that were incurred such as janitorial staff.
Please could all the information provided cover the past five years and be broken down by year.
Many thanks for your cooperation and assistance in this matter
Kate Farrell & David Colarusso