GCSE English Lit/Lang exam results 2012 - grade boundaries

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Dear Department for Education,

Relating to my FoI request to OfQual at http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gc... and the subsequent information disclosed, I am making a request to you under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please can you release all information relating to the setting of GCSE grade boundaries by OfQual. In particular please could you release any correspondence between ministers, their private offices & policy teams with OfQual regarding the setting of grade boundaries for the 2012 exams, dated between September 2011 and September 2012.

Please could you also release any information originating from those dates that contains (but is not limited to) an order, direction, opinion or view of ministers or civil servants acting on behalf of ministers, to OfQual and/or the examination boards directly.

Yours faithfully,

Antony Carpen

Department for Education

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Carpen,
Thank you for your request for information dated 28 September 2012.
You requested the Department to: release all information relating to the
setting of GCSE grade boundaries by OfQual.  In particular, the release of
any correspondence between ministers, their private offices & policy teams
with OfQual regarding the setting of grade boundaries for the 2012 exams,
dated between September 2011 and September 2012. 

You also asked for the release of any information originating from those
dates that contains (but is not limited to) an order, direction, opinion
or view of ministers or civil servants acting on behalf of ministers, to
OfQual and/or the examination boards directly.

We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. The information is currently being collated but is taking longer
than anticipated.  We will respond to your request by 9 November 2012.

We sincerely apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

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Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2012/0064412. If
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Yours sincerely,

Beverley Swaby
Qualifications Systems & Reform Division
Floor 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 4FJ

Tel: 0114 2742493
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Mr Antony Carpen,

 

In response to your FOI request we are compiling all the relevant
documents for release. As you can imagine the number of documents is very
large, would you be able to provide us with your postal address so we can
send you a hard copy pack?

 

Regards, Hannah Powell

 

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From: Antony Carpen [[2]mailto:[FOI #131426 email]]
Sent: 28 September 2012 23:31
To: ACCOUNT, Unmonitored
Subject: Freedom of Information request - GCSE English Lit/Lang exam
results 2012 - grade boundaries - please log to Qual system reform **circ
to Cathy Roberts - 01/10 @ 11:30**

 

     Dear Department for Education,
    
     Relating to my FoI request to OfQual at
    
[3]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gc...
     and the subsequent information disclosed, I am making a request to
     you under the Freedom of Information Act.
    
     Please can you release all information relating to the setting of
     GCSE grade boundaries by OfQual. In particular please could you
     release any correspondence between ministers, their private offices
     & policy teams with OfQual regarding the setting of grade
     boundaries for the 2012 exams, dated between September 2011 and
     September 2012.
    
     Please could you also release any information originating from
     those dates that contains (but is not limited to) an order,
     direction, opinion or view of ministers or civil servants acting on
     behalf of ministers, to OfQual and/or the examination boards
     directly.
    
     Yours faithfully,
    
     Antony Carpen
    
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Hello Hannah

Many thanks for your reply

I'd be grateful for transparency's sake and so as to enable others to examine the documents that the Department scans the documents so as to enable whatdotheyknow.com to display them on their website.

Given the nature of the issue and information I submitted the FoI request, I believe there is a strong public interest in the documents being made available. Alternatively you are more than welcome to publish the documents on the DfE website

With kind regards

Antony Carpen

Department for Education

Hello Antony,

Thank you for your response. We will send the documents electronically as requested, but just to pre-warn that the attachments are quite large - it is possible that they may come to you over two emails.

Many thanks, Hannah

Hannah Powell

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Hello Hannah,

Please could you let me know when you've emailed the information due for release - a couple of people have been in touch interested in their content.

With kind regards

Antony Carpen

Department for Education

Hello Antony,

Apologies for the delay in replying. I can confirm that the information has not yet been sent - but we will contact you to notify let you know when they are released.

Many thanks, Hannah

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Laura McInerney left an annotation ()

For Info - Ofqual have published this information on their website: http://www2.ofqual.gov.uk/downloads/cate...

Laura McInerney left an annotation ()

Wait - no - that's still the same information as previously. When *will* this information be sent then? It is now significantly over the due date.

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Dear Mr Carpen,
  

 
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 1 October 2012.  I
apologise for the delay in responding to you.

You requested the Department release all information relating to the setting of GCSE grade
boundaries by Ofqual.  In particular, you asked for the release of any correspondence
between Ministers, their private offices and policy teams with Ofqual regarding the setting
of grade boundaries for the 2012 exams, dated between September 2011 and September 2012.   

You also asked for the release of any information originating from those dates that contains
(but is not limited to) an order, direction, opinion or view of ministers or civil servants
acting on behalf of ministers, to Ofqual and/or examination boards directly.

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

On the basis of my interpretation of your request, I have commissioned searches for
information relating to the setting of 2012 GCSE grade boundaries between a) Ofqual and b)
awarding organisations, and the following teams/offices at the Department:

- Secretary of State’s Private Office
- Schools’ Minister’s Private Office
- Director of Curriculum and General Qualifications and Reform
- Deputy Director and Team leaders in the Qualifications Systems and Reform Division
(responsible for current GCSE policy and Ofqual relations).

A copy of the information which can be disclosed will be sent to you over multiple emails
due to the quantity and size of the documents. 
 
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The Department holds the remainder of the information you requested, but it is being
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Yours sincerely,

Beverley Swaby
Qualifications Systems & Reform Division
Floor 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 4FJ

Tel: 0114 2742493 (internal x242493)
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Dear Mr Carpen

 

As per my previous email, this is email 2 of 4 emails in total.  
 

Yours sincerely

Beverley Swaby
Qualifications Systems & Reform Division
Floor 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street

Sheffield

S1 4FJ

Tel: 0114 2742493
Email: [email address]

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Email 3 of 4.

 

Bev

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Bev Swaby

Qualifications Systems & Reform Division

Floor 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street

Sheffield

S1 4FJ

Tel: 0114 2742493 (internal x242493)
[1]www.education.gov.uk

 

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Email 4 of 4.

 

Bev

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Bev Swaby

Qualifications Systems & Reform Division

Floor 6, 2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street

Sheffield

S1 4FJ

Tel: 0114 2742493 (internal x242493)
[1]www.education.gov.uk

 

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