DfE work with the Grammar School Heads Association

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Dear Department for Education,

I would like some information about the memorandum of understanding between the Department for Education and the Grammar School Heads Association. It can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

1. The memorandum states that it is valid until 2022. Can you send details of any meetings or discussions about a new memorandum, are there plans in progress for this to be renewed?

2. The memorandum states, "The DfE and GSHA agree to report on progress," and then lists several success measures. Please could you send information regarding the reporting provided by the GSHA to the DfE on their progress since April 2021 (when this information was last provided in response to a FOI.) Please include any relevant minutes of meetings, emails, letters, memos, power point (or similar) presentations or attachments or annexes to such documents.

Thank you very much for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Exam Results

 

If your enquiry is about 2021 exam results, we will endeavour to get a
response to you as soon as possible.

 

If your enquiry is related to exam appeals or priority appeals, we
recommend that students should discuss the appeals process with their
school or college in the first instance. JCQ have also published a student
guide to appeals which can be found here:
[1]https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/upload....
If a student wishes to appeal a VTQ result they should refer to the
guidance on their specific Awarding Organisation’s website.

 

Students can also contact the National Careers Service helpline for advice
and support regarding their results, including for advice on appeals, on
0800 100 900. 

 

 

Other enquiries

 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear  Joanne Bartley 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 9 January.

A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible and this should be within
20 working days, as you are requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2023-0000721.

Yours sincerely

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

Web: [1]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [2]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [3]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

 

 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Ms Bartley,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9
January 2023.  You requested:

…some information about the memorandum of understanding between the
Department for Education and the Grammar School Heads Association. It can
be found here:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

1. The memorandum states that it is valid until 2022. Can you send details
of any meetings or discussions about a new memorandum, are there plans in
progress for this to be renewed?

2. The memorandum states, "The DfE and GSHA agree to report on progress,"
and then lists several success measures. Please could you send information
regarding the reporting provided by the GSHA to the DfE on their progress
since April 2021 (when this information was last provided in response to a
FOI.) Please include any relevant minutes of meetings, emails, letters,
memos, power point (or similar) presentations or attachments or annexes to
such documents.

I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

The Department holds the information you have requested.  However, I
consider that the exemption s35(1)(a) of the Act, applies to part of your
request.  The exemption s35(1)(a) allows for the withholding of
information if it relates to the formulation or development of government
policy.

The Act obliges the Department to respond to requests promptly, and in any
case no later than 20 working days after receiving your request.  However,
where the exemption listed above is applicable, the Department must
consider whether the public interest lies in disclosing or withholding the
information.  In these circumstances the Act allows the time for a
response to be longer than 20 working days.

In your case the Department estimates that it will take up to an
additional 20 days to take a decision on where the balance of the public
interest lies.  It is anticipated that you will receive a full response by
6 March 2022.  If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a
conclusion, we will keep you informed.

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, which 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 2023-0000721. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[2]https://www.education.gov.uk/contactus and quote your reference number.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
Tracy Vaughan
 
Web: [3]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [4]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [5]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk
 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Bartley,

I refer to your request for information, which was received on 9 January
2023. You requested:

…some information about the memorandum of understanding between the
Department for Education and the Grammar School Heads Association. It can
be found here:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

1. The memorandum states that it is valid until 2022. Can you send details
of any meetings or discussions about a new memorandum, are there plans in
progress for this to be renewed?

2. The memorandum states, "The DfE and GSHA agree to report on progress,"
and then lists several success measures. Please could you send information
regarding the reporting provided by the GSHA to the DfE on their progress
since April 2021 (when this information was last provided in response to a
FOI.) Please include any relevant minutes of meetings, emails, letters,
memos, power point (or similar) presentations or attachments or annexes to
such documents.

In line with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act), I have identified all recorded information relevant to your request
and tested the information against exemptions in the Act. Where I have
concluded that information can be disclosed, this is attached.

Information asked for in part one of your request, including excerpts from
meeting notes and draft policy advice, is being withheld under the Act. 
The exemption which applies to this information is s35(1)(a) which allows
for the withholding of information if it relates to the formulation or
development of government policy. We are currently in the process of
advising Ministers on the MOU.

In applying section 35(1)(a), the Act requires that the
Department balances the public interest in withholding the information
against the public interest in disclosing the information.  We concluded
that the public interest in maintaining the exemption and not disclosing
the information outweighs the public interest in disclosure in this
instance.  I have set out below the particular factors which the
Department considered when deciding where the public interest lay.
 
There is a general public interest in disclosure.  Knowledge of the way
Government works increases if the information on which decisions have been
made is available. This can lead to public contribution to the policy
making process becoming more effective.  There is a general public
interest in being able to see if Ministers are being briefed effectively
on the key areas of policy the Department is taking forward. 
 
Conversely, it is in the public interest that the formulation of
government policy and government decision making can proceed in the
self-contained space needed to ensure that it is done well.  Good
government depends on good decision making and this needs to be based on
the best advice available and a full consideration of the options. 
Without protecting the thinking space and the ability for Ministers and
senior officials to receive free and frank advice, there is likely to be a
corrosive effect on the conduct of good government, with a risk that
decision making will become poorer and will be recorded inadequately.

It is the Department's view that the public interest in non-disclosure
outweighs the public interest in disclosure in this case. Disclosure of
the withheld information would be likely to have a potentially corrosive
effect on good Government and lead to less fully-informed decision
making.  This is not in the public interest.   The Department
has concluded that, in this instance that public interest consideration
was greater than the general public interest considerations for
disclosure described above

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your reference number.

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 communication. Your complaint will be
considered by an independent review panel comprising officials who were
not involved in the original consideration of your request. 

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

Yours sincerely

 Tracy VAUGHAN

 Department for Education

Web: [6]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [7]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [8]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

 

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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for providing some of the requested information. I appreciate the help.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Thank you for contacting the Department for Education.

 

Exam Results

 

If your enquiry is about 2021 exam results, we will endeavour to get a
response to you as soon as possible.

 

If your enquiry is related to exam appeals or priority appeals, we
recommend that students should discuss the appeals process with their
school or college in the first instance. JCQ have also published a student
guide to appeals which can be found here:
[1]https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/upload....
If a student wishes to appeal a VTQ result they should refer to the
guidance on their specific Awarding Organisation’s website.

 

Students can also contact the National Careers Service helpline for advice
and support regarding their results, including for advice on appeals, on
0800 100 900. 

 

 

Other enquiries

 

Thank you for contacting the Department for Education. If you are
contacting us about coronavirus (COVID-19) you can find advice and
guidance on [2]GOV.UK. This includes [3]guidance for educational settings
in England. You can also contact our coronavirus helpline on 0800 046
8687. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to
4pm.

For emails and other written enquiries you will usually receive a reply
within 15 working days. You can find out how the department processes your
personal information by reading our [4]Privacy Notice.

 

 

 

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