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Transparency regarding 'Independent' Statistician used for errors in 2019

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Dear The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools,

Following on from an earlier request where we determined the identity of the 'independent statistician by GL Assessment and TBGS used following the errors in 2019 STS.

I note that on the news section of your website you have failed to upload Dr Dougal Hutchison's 'independent' analysis of GL Assessment's fix after the errors in 2019. You had previously detailed a statistician had been used but refused to identify the supposed esteemed individual.

I would be also grateful if you could upload Dr Hutchison's full CV highlighting the 20+ years he previously worked for GL Assessment.

In the interests of transparency please can you confirm that you have communicated the name of the 'independent statistician' used by GL Assessment and his previous 20+ tenure at GL Assessment to all the headteachers of the schools across Buckinghamshire affected by the errors. This will allow them to communicate this to parents of all children that were affected.

I note you are still withholding full details of the conclusions arrived at by the 'independent' statisticians and would urge you to reconsider sharing these on your most informative website.

Yours faithfully,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy
Thank you for your email. We will respond within 20 working days.
Kinds rgards
Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear Mr Darcy

 

Thank you for your email of 12 November 2020. I am writing to inform you
of the extent to which we can comply with your request.

 

We note your request to release the independent statistician’s analysis
provided by our entry exam provider, GL Assessment Limited (GLA), in
respect of the errors contained in the Buckinghamshire 2020 entry
Secondary Transfer Test.

 

We kindly refer you to the recent Information Commissioner’s Office
decision (Reference: IC-47086-D9P3) which confirmed that TBGS has
correctly applied the exemptions pursuant to section 41 (‘information
provided in confidence’) and 43(2) (‘commercial interests’) of the FoIA.
We have attached a copy of that decision for your reference which explains
in detail why we have withheld that information.  We therefore cannot
comply with your request to release this information.  

 

We can confirm that the independent statistician has verified that the
outcome of the test is still fair for all children, highly reliable and
above the accepted conventions for admissions tests.

 

Our responses to the additional requests for information within your email
are as follows:

 

 1. Disclosure of Dr Hutchison's full CV highlighting the 20+ years he
previously worked for GL Assessment:    Information not held.

 

 2. Please can you confirm that you have communicated the name of the
'independent statistician' used by GL Assessment and his previous 20+
tenure at GL Assessment to all the headteachers of the schools across
Buckinghamshire affected by the errors:    We can confirm that the
name of the independent statistician has not been communicated to head
teachers of the schools across Buckinghamshire affected by the
errors. 

 

I hope this explains matters clearly. If you have any further questions,
you can contact us using this email address. You have a right to lodge a
complaint with the UK supervisory body, the Information Commissioner’s
Office (the ICO) here:- [1]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools's handling of my FOI request 'Transparency regarding 'Independent' Statistician used for errors in 2019'

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

B Darcy

Dear The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools's handling of my FOI request 'Transparency regarding 'Independent' Statistician used for errors in 2019'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy
Thank you for your email.
We did prepare a response to your previous request in October however it
appears to have not been sent.
The response we had prepared was as follows:

Dear Mr Darcy

Thank you for your email.

 

The ICO recommends that requests for internal reviews are made as soon as
possible and within two months of receiving an authority’s response (see
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...). We
responded to your FOI request on 7 December 2020. Your request for an
internal review has come nearly 11 months later. This is well outside of
the ICO’s recommended timeline and we are therefore refusing your request
for an internal review.

If you are not content with our response you have the right to lodge a
complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) here:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

My apologies that this was not sent previously.
Kind regards
Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear Mr Sturgeon

I note you refer to timelines that I have not apparently not met yet openly admit that you 'forgot' to send a reply to me within the timeframes allowed.

Please refer this matter for internal review.

Yours sincerely,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

Thank you for your further email about this matter.  We have advised you
several times about the ICO’s recommended timeframes for internal reviews
and why your email arrived far too late for you to request an internal
review into how your original request was handled. Please do not contact
TBGS about this again.

 

As advised previously, If you are not content with our response you have
the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office
(the ICO) here:
 ][1]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Kind regards

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear Mr Sturgeon

I am disappointed with the tone of your reply.

May I remind you that I am not one of your students and do not expect to be scolded for asking you to fulfil your legal obligations.

Can you confirm whether you missed the timescale for a reply to my request? Yes or No will suffice.

Yours sincerely,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

 

I am sorry you felt our tone was disappointing. 

 

We have responded to your request previously.

 

Kind regards

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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