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Katherine Edwards

Dear Department for Education,

Please provide me with all correspondence in whatever form - both to and from the Department - relating to the letter from 15 historians which appeared in The Times newspaper on February 27th 2013 supporting the proposed new national curriculum for history. For clarity I am seeking correspondence both before and after the publication of the letter including correspondence to or from the Department's special advisers.

For ease of identification the letter was referred to in this article: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/...

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Edwards

Department for Education

Dear Ms Edwards

Thank you for your recent enquiry. 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 reference number 2013/0028472

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

Dear Department for Education,

Please provide me with all correspondence in whatever form - both
to and from the Department - relating to the letter from 15
historians which appeared in The Times newspaper on February 27th
2013 supporting the proposed new national curriculum for history.
For clarity I am seeking correspondence both before and after the
publication of the letter including correspondence to or from the
Department's special advisers.

For ease of identification the letter was referred to in this
article: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/...

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Edwards

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Department for Education

Dear Ms Edwards,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9 April.
You requested all correspondence in whatever form - both to and from the
Department - relating to the letter from the 15 historians which appeared
in The Times newspaper on 27 February 2013 supporting the proposed new
national curriculum for history, both before and after the publication of
the letter, and including correspondence to or from the Department's
special advisers. I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

In order to identify and locate the information that you have asked for I
require some further information from you, namely I would be grateful for
clarification as to whether you are asking for correspondence from outside
the Department, or just communications internal to the Department, or
both.

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. 

 
Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0028472. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Schollar
National Curriculum Review Division
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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Katherine Edwards

Dear Department for Education,

I asked for "all correspondence in whatever form - both TO and FROM the Department". This cannot be construed in any other way than correspondence sent to the Department from outside parties, and correspondence sent from the Department to outside parties. I am not asking for internal correspondence at all.

I am extremely disappointed that it should have taken you three weeks to reply, not with the information, but with a question the answer to which is obvious. I do not accept that the clarification you sought was reasonable. In any event you have already exceeded the statutory 20 working days to respond to my original request. Please explain this delay.

Yours faithfully,

Katherine Edwards

Department for Education

Dear Ms Edwards,
Thank you for your request of 25 April under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (“the Act”) in which you ask for all correspondence in whatever
form - both to and from the Department - relating to the letter from 15
historians which appeared in The Times newspaper on 27 February 2013
supporting the proposed new national curriculum for history.  You were
seeking correspondence both before and after the publication of the
letter, including correspondence to or from the Department's special
advisers.

I hope you will accept my apologies for the delay in replying to your
initial request, but I can confirm that we have undertaken a search of
records in the Department along the lines you request above.

I can confirm that there are no records of any correspondence between
advisers and the 15 named historians; and just one piece of correspondence
has been received in the Department which refers, in passing, to the
letter.  The majority of this letter falls outside of the scope of your
request, however the relevant extract is as follows:

“We have serious concerns about Michael Gove’s History National Curriculum
proposals.  As I am sure you are aware this has divided the history
community and caused a lot of debate in the press.  We were shocked and
rather insulted by the letter to the Times by 15 ‘eminent’ historians last
week suggesting opponents were ‘attached to the status quo and suspicious
of change’.” 

The correspondent then goes on to set out their concerns about the
proposals, and the reply which was issued to this letter made no reference
to the letter to the Times, but set out the Government’s rationale for the
proposed changes to the history curriculum.

My apologies again for the delay in replying to your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number below 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. 
Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0032017. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Schollar
National Curriculum Review Division
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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