Free School Meals To University Place Statistics (Social Mobility)

Tim Cook made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

I would like to know how many children by percentage who are
entitled to school meals at seven, elevens, and sixteen years of
age go onto a degree course from the educational figures the
department has kept in the last 20 years.

This is determine the mobility of those in receipt of this benefits
to begin a degree course in England.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Cook

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 10/2535

Dear Mr Cook,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 8
December. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at
the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 10 January
2011.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Best wishes,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Orchard 3, 1st Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Dear Mr Cook

BIS Ref: 10/2535
Please find attached a reply to your FOI request of 8th December.
Kind Regards

Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) | 1 Orchard 3 | 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET |
[email address] | [1]www.bis.gsi.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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Dear FOI Requests,

I have not received an answer?

Yours sincerely,

Tim Cook

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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BIS ref: 10/2535

Dear Mr Cook,

Please see the attached email which contains the response to your FoI
request which was sent to you on 6th January 2011.

Best wishes,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Orchard 3, 1st Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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Dear FOI Requests,

I am shocked and concerned.

In you last paragraph you have made what I call political statement:

"The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future"

I am concerned by this statement, please have this reviewed immediately. This is not the platform for such statements.

I would also like sent to the Commissioner for Freedom of Information to review these statements.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Cook

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dear Mr Cook

Thank you for your e-mail with comments relating to the mission statement
appended to the e-mail signature.

The statement, which is included on the Department's website and is also
appended to Departmental e-mails, exists to provide clarity over the role
of the Department, its priorities and the breadth of its policy
portfolio. As a Government Department the statement will, by its nature,
reflect the priorities of Ministers. The statement has been in continual
use since 2009, when the Department of Business Innovations and Skills was
formed.

Kind Regards

D. Rowland

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) | 1 Orchard 3 | 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET |
[email address] | [1]www.bis.gsi.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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Tim Cook left an annotation ()

I believe that there should be in brackets (x,xxxx) went into higher education. So, where it says 15% underneath should be the actual figure in brackets. It might also be an idea to have breakdown of male/female ratios for further study.

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

Please pass this on as I have requested.

Political statements should not be allowed, and clearly a misuse of this platform.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Cook

Tim Cook left an annotation ()

I would like to bring to attention:

"The table below shows 3 years worth of progression rates for pupils age 15, who progressed to higher education by age 19 by receipt of FSM".

I said University places?

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dear Mr Cook

Thank you for your e-mail. Would you please confirm that you are not
requesting an internal review of the information your received on free
school meals (as contained in the reply letter not in the covering e-mail)
but are making a complaint about the mission statement that the department
uses.

Kind Regards
D.Rowland

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) | 5 Victoria 3 | 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET |
[email address] | [1]www.bis.gsi.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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Dear FOI Requests,

Correct. It should in no way support any political party in government or not. I would like this reviewed first internally and then by the Commission for Information.

Reason to prevent this platform being used to prove a political points; which is dangerous.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. T. Cook

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dear Mr Cook

Thank you for you e-mail. We are now closing your FOI request concerning
free school meals to university place statistics following your
confirmation that you are not requesting an internal review in relation to
this.

I have passed on your complaint about the use of the Departmental mission
statement to the Departmental Complaints Manager. For more information on
the complaints process and contact details please see the BIS website
[1]http://www.bis.gov.uk/contact/complaints.

We will not be treating this as an FOI request but as routine
correspondence since it is not a request for recorded information. Please
see page 6 of the Information Commissioner's Office guide at
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/...

You may also find this page of Information Commissioners Office website
useful to to understand their role in the FOI complaints process
[3]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

I hope you find this of help.

Kind Regards
D. Rowland
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) | 5 Victoria 3 | 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET |
[email address] | [4]www.bis.gsi.gov.uk

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Dear FOI Requests,

You haven't answered this question?

"I would like to bring to attention:

"The table below shows 3 years worth of progression rates for pupils age 15, who progressed to higher education by age 19 by receipt of FSM".

I said University places is this evasion of the question?"

Yours sincerely,

Tim Cook

Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

By University places, I mean on a proper full-time degree course.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Cook

Housden Margaret \(Communications\), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dear Mr Cook,

Thank you for your complaint regarding the Department's mission
statement. I have handled this in line with the 1st stage of the
Department's complaints procedure, the response provided, by the
Communications Directorate, is as follows:

The mission statement, which is included on the Department's website and
is also appended to Departmental e-mails, exists to provide clarity over
the role of the Department, its priorities and the breadth of its policy
portfolio. As a Government Department the statement will, by its nature,
reflect the priorities of Ministers. The mission statement was used with
the previous Labour administration and is now used with the current
coalition Government.

If you are not satisfied with this reply you should write, e-mail or
telephone me (an email would be favourable) and ask for your complaint to
be investigated further, giving your reasons for not being satisfied with
the original response.

If I feel that further investigation is justified an enquiry will take
place and you will receive a response within 15 working days. If this is
not possible I will explain why and give you a date by which you can
expect a full reply.

If you are still not satisfied, you should write, e-mail or telephone
again asking for a review of the decision made by the Complaints Officer.
This review will be undertaken by an independent Senior Official within
the Department.

If you have gone through our complaints procedure and you are still not
satisfied, you have the right to refer the matter to the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman). This course of action
should be taken via an MP.

Yours Sincerely,

Margaret Housden

Margaret Housden
Enquiry Unit & Night Duty Manager | Departmental Complaints Officer |
M[1][email address]
T: 0207 215 5000

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS -
Investing in our future

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FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dear Mr Cook

Thank you for your e-mail.

I have spoken to the policy official concerning your query. The
term "higher education" as used in the response to your query covers
higher education courses delivered at universities, higher education
colleges and further education colleges. This data provides a
comprehensive picture of possible routes into higher education for
students who previously claimed FSM.

The answer to a recent parliamentary question gives Estimates of the
number of FSM pupils aged 15 in English maintained schools who progress to
HE by age 19, by higher education institution

[1]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

These figures are broken down by individual institution and may be of
interest. It is not possible however to produce these figures as
percentages.

I hope this may be of help.

Kind Regards
D.Rowland
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(BIS) | 5 Victoria 3 | 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET |
[email address] | [2]www.bis.gsi.gov.uk

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