Number of autumn exam takers having achieved each CAG grade, by subject and exam board

Lucy Bamford made this Freedom of Information request to Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation,

I am writing to request some information about the number of autumn exam
takers, broken down into numbers of students achieving each grade via CAGs
in the summer, for all subjects (that received entries for the autumn
exams). Please separate each subject cohort into the separate exam boards that provided the CAGs, providing the data in tabular form.
eg. (with fabricated numbers, just for the purpose of the demonstration
for clarity)
Physics:
A*: 0, A: 350, B: 850, C: 1050, D: 400, E: 250, U: 100, Total: ...
Chemistry:
A*: 0, A: 450, B: 950, C: 980, D: 420, E: 350, U: 120, Total: ...
If you are unable to provide this information for all subjects, then
please prioritise: Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology, and then after
that, any remaining subjects in decreasing order of the number of people
entered in the autumn (ie. most popular subjects prioritised)

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Bamford

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

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Dear Ms Bamford,
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
 
We have considered your request and it is possible to provide the data to
you in one of two ways. We do not want to substitute our own
interpretation of what data might be sought by you, so would be grateful
if you could provide further clarification.
 
Please can you clarify which of the following options meets your request:
 

 1. Data broken down by individual exam board and subjects

 
We want to make sure you are aware that due to the small numbers of
candidates entered for the autumn exam series, there is risk that
individual candidates might be identified if we provide the requested
data. Due to data protection regulations we are unable to release data
where individuals might be identified. Therefore, we only provide data
where the number of candidates taking the exam is sufficiently large to
avoid identification. Where it may be possible to identify candidates, we
will indicate that the data is suppressed, and the released data might
give an incomplete picture.
 

 2. Data broken down by subject but combined by exam board

 
      Alternatively, we can present the data by subject but combined
across exam boards. This would minimise the risk of identifying individual
candidates and may provide you with a more complete, detailed picture.
 
We look forward to receiving clarification regarding which of these
options (option 1 or 2) is requested.
 
Do note that at this stage we have not considered whether exemptions
contained within the Freedom of Information Act 2000 may be engaged by
your request.
 
Finally, we sincerely apologise for the delay in contacting you to obtain
further clarification about your request. This is because we received
increased numbers of FOIA requests over recent weeks and months, and we
raised outstanding queries regarding your request with colleagues.
 
We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
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Dear Ofqual FOI,

Thanks for the request for clarification.
I think I will go with option 1, as that most closely resembles what I am after.
To avoid any risk of identification, as you have raised, please limit the data to only those subjects which have large enough numbers and to those boards which again have large enough numbers; for clarity, I would appreciate if you limit the boards to AQA, Edexcel and OCR only and for each of these only provide the most popular 12 subjects (limiting this even further accordingly).
What would be a time scale for the next response?

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Bamford

Ofqual FOI, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Dear Ms Bamford,
 
Thank you for clarifying your request.
 
We intend to respond to your request by 24 December.
 
In the meantime, should you have any queries, please let us know.
 
Your sincerely,
 
 
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Dear Ms Bamford,

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find attached our response.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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