GCSE English Exam

Aidan Turner made this Freedom of Information request to Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation,

Please supply documents showing the percentage deviation in
GCSE English results from the expected outcome, for each of the English and Welsh Exam Boards for June 2011, February 2012 and June 2012( for clarification we know that EDEXCEL's results deviated 6-7% above OFQUAL's expected outcome for this exam. We do not know about the other five Boards).

Yours faithfully,

Aidan Turner

Alison Townsend, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Turner

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information, made under the
Freedom of Information Act and received by Ofqual on 11 September 2012. 
Your request will be processed under the terms of the Act.

 

 

 

 

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Dear Mr Turner

 

Further to your recent request for information, made under the Freedom of
Information Act, please find attached Ofqual’s response.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

 

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Dear Alison Townsend,

Thankyou for your letter dated 8.10.2012 with the enclosed table. It is helpful to a limited degree.
There are a number of gaps in it. Do you have that data or are you restricting its release? If you do not have the data, why not?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Turner

Alison Townsend, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Mr Turner

Ofqual's letter accompanying the data explains that we do not hold all of the data you have requested and the reasons for that. If you could explain where you believe the gaps to be I will seek advice from technical colleagues.

Kind regards

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Dear Alison Townsend,

Further to my earlier letter today, I refer specifically to the data relating to the February 2012
exam which is missing (which is in addition to the data missing from the June 2012 data table). If you do not have the predicted results, you will of course have the actual results, and I should be grateful to receive that at least. I am curious to know how OFQUAL can say that
the February results were aberrant if you do not have
the deviation comparison which you rely upon for the June results?

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Turner

Dear Alison Townsend,

I have just received your earlier reply. Since then I have dealt with the missing February 2012 data. The missing June data is apparent from looking at your chart. There are gaping holes in it where there should be data. The table should be complete.

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Turner

Dear Alison Townsend,

Further to our correspondence of 8th October, I am unclear whether you intend to reply to my specific points? I do not consider that OFQUAL has complied with my request or given a sufficient reason as to why it cannot comply. I suppose that I will have to request an internal review from you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Turner

Alison Townsend, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Mr Turner

Ofqual does intend to respond to the points you have raised and as I indicated I am currently seeking advice from colleagues on the points you raise. I hope you will appreciate that at the moment we are responding to a significant number of requests for information and that responses might not be as quick as they would usually be.

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Alison Townsend, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Mr Turner

 

Please find attached a letter clarifying the points you have raised in
relation to Ofqual’s response to your request for information, our
reference F/139.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Dear Alison Townsend,

Thankyou for your letter dated 19th October with attachment.

I wish to request an Internal Review on the following grounds:-

1. The information I have received is incomplete.
2. You say that the reporting of January 2012 results is dependent on numbers of candidates sitting the exams
but you must have the data otherwise you would not be able to report the results.
3. Two Exam Boards have been singled out for criticism.
There are five other Exam Boards and I am still none the wiser as to what they were doing which was so different as to make their results acceptable.

Yours sincerely,

Aidan Turner

Alison Townsend, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Mr Turner

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of Ofqual's
response to your Freedom of Information Act request dated 8 October and
answers to supplementary questions you raised dated 19 October 2012 and
with our reference F/139.

 

Your internal review will be conducted in line with guidance issued by the
Information Commissioners Office.

 

 

Alison Townsend
Board Secretariat Manager, Ofqual

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Dear Mr Turner

 

I attach a letter reporting the outcome of my internal review of Ofqual’s
response to your Freedom of Information request. I have undertaken this
review not previously having any prior involvement in your request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Robson

 

David Robson
Corporate and Business Services Director, Ofqual

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