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Get involved: submitting written evidence

If you have ideas about a subject we're looking at, you might want to let us know what you think.

We often invite contributions to our inquiries in the form of written submissions. Many people and organisations send in evidence and although all submissions are read carefully, here are some tips to make yours stand out.

A good piece of evidence:

  • Is clearly relevant to the inquiry (tell us how if it is not immediately obvious).
  • Is concise, punchy and to the point.
  • Gets its point across clearly and doesn’t include excessive amounts of jargon.
  • Gives a brief overview of the background, and points to sources.
  • Shines a light on issues the Committee may not be aware of.
  • Raises questions the Committee might want to pursue further in oral evidence.
  • Is written specifically for the Committee.

Do:

  • Ensure it is in the correct format and submitted through the Committee’s online portal.
  • Meet the deadline given.
  • Include a summary of key points at the start.
  • Keep it succinct, and keep your submission as short as possible.
  • Use subtitles, bullet points and paragraph numbers to make the submission more readable.
  • Ensure your submission addresses the terms of reference.
  • Explain any acronyms or technical terms.
  • Include links or references to any reports or research mentioned.
  • Tell us if you want us to keep your evidence confidential but try to write something we can publish.
  • Say if you want to give oral evidence – and make clear what you think you would add to the discussion.

Don't:

  • Include unnecessary levels of detail.
  • Send in a copy of somebody else’s submission or just repeat what someone else has said. It is enough to say you agree with the points they make.
  • Submit material that has been published elsewhere. You should contact Committee staff if you need advice on this.

Don’t forget, we are currently calling for written submissions on the role of Ofqual. The deadline for written submissions is midday on Friday 2 October 2015. Find out more on the role of Ofqual inquiry page. We will be announcing other inquiries very soon so keep an eye on our website or follow us on Twitter for more details.

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