Discouragement of academic performance by teachers

Martin Keegan made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department for Education

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Dear Department for Education,

There have recently been reports in the media that teachers at secondary schools may be improperly discouraging students from applying to top universities, e.g., this article in the Times Education Supplement at http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyc... , discussed further at Iain Martin's blog at http://www.iainmartinpolitics.com/2012/0... .

I would like to request the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act:

to what extent, if any, was the Department aware of teachers discouraging students in this manner?

what quantitative or qualitative data has the Department concerning the extent, if any, to which this practice contributes to the disproportionately small number of state school pupils admitted to top universities?

what recent enforcement or disciplinary activity has been undertaken against teachers engaging in such practices?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Department for Education

Dear Mr Keegan

Thank you for your recent email. 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 the reference number 2012/0010877

Thank you
Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
Tel: 0370 000 2288
www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Keegan,
 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 13^th
February 2012, on the subject of teachers discouraging students from
applying to top universities. You requested answers to the following
questions:

o To what extent, if any, was the Department aware of teachers
discouraging students in this manner?

o What quantitative or qualitative data has the Department concerning
the extent, if any, to which this practice contributes to the
disproportionately small number of state school pupils admitted to top
universities?

o What recent enforcement or disciplinary activity has been undertaken
against teachers engaging in such practices?

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

 I have established that, apart from the media reports to which you
refer, the Department is not aware of this practice or of any recent
enforcement or disciplinary action taken against teachers engaging in such
practices. It does not hold any quantitative or qualitative data on the
issue. 

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

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office

 
Yours sincerely,

Anna Hamilton
0207 227 5080
A Level Reform Division
[email address]
[1]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2012/0010877.

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Gadawodd Martin Keegan anodiad ()

Ok, well, I'm happy to accept that they don't have the information requested, but to my mind suggests they're not doing their jobs properly!