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Privacy notice

Purpose of the survey

This survey has been designed to help the Department for Education (‘DfE’) to identify key themes and challenges faced by local authorities and to understand the impact of their policies. The DfE uses the findings to help set the direction of policy development, plan provision of central support and improve delivery of programmes.


Identity and contact details of the data controller

The data controller for this project is the Department for Education. Contact details for the department can be found here.

To talk to someone at DfE about this research please contact Jessica Dunn on 0114 274 2242 or at (Monday to Wednesday).


Right to withdraw consent

The survey is voluntary, so LAs are able to withdraw consent at any time. However, it is vital that as many local authorities as possible participate so that DfE can hear about views and issues from all types of authorities across England. Answers to the survey will be treated in confidence by NatCen and not identified to DfE without explicit permission. The local authority will not be named in any publication resulting from this survey.


Data linkage

The following administrative data sources will be appended to the survey data for each participating authority, using the latest publicly-available data:

  • The proportion of children known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals;
  • The number of children assessed as being in need of children’s social services (per 10,000); and
  • The latest Ofsted rating.

These data sources will be banded to reduce the chance that individual authorities can be identified in the data. Other publicly-available administrative data sources may be appended to the data at the request of the DfE.


Data retention period

NatCen will retain the data for one year after the survey has closed. After one year, the data will be securely deleted.


The right to lodge a complaint

If you wish to lodge a complaint, please contact NatCen on or on 0800 652 4569 in the first instance. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at