Dear Colleague,

This is mainly to assure you that we're busily working on the test papers for Round 1, and to remind you of the arrangements for that test.

First, though, an administrative note about the committee:

Now to the arrangements for Round 1, which will be very similar to 2012 (and are already outlined at

I'll send you another email in January to remind you. Meanwhile, if you haven't yet notified Martin (cc above) of your predicted numbers, please do so as soon as you can. Our candidate numbers are already double last year's, and we’ve had positive responses from 108 schools, compared to the 106 that entered candidates last year. This still leaves nearly 200 schools who are on our list but have not yet responded.

With best wishes, Richard