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FAQs

What is CREST?

CREST is a British Science Association (BSA) programme, which enables students to develop and lead their own STEM projects. It aims to engage students in ‘hands on' 'real world' science, and to celebrate excellent STEM project work. There are varying levels of CREST Award – Star, Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold. 

What is the National Pupil Database (NPD)?

The NPD is a database managed by the Department for Education (DfE) which holds information at individual pupil-level about children’s education at different stages. The NPD holds information about pupils such as age, gender, SEN status, free school meal entitlement and educational attainment. 

How will the data be used?

The data from this study will be used by NatCen Social Research who will prepare research reports for publication. No individual schools, parents/ carers or pupils will be identified. Data from each of the schools involved in the project will be analysed anonymously, and findings will be reported anonymously, for example “x % of children had literacy skills at x level or above”, so it will not be possible to identify individual pupils or schools.

Your child’s data will be treated with the strictest confidence. 

What about data and confidentiality?

Pupil test responses and other data requested from the school will be collected and accessed by the research team at NatCen Social Research and will be treated in the strictest confidence and in line with the 1998 Data Protection Act. Data will be submitted in anonymised form to the UK Data Archive. With the permission of the Department for Education, data will be matched with the National Pupil Database (NPD), and shared with NatCen Social Research and the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) contractor, Fischer Family Trust Data Archive. 

What’s involved in the testing?

All Year 9 pupils participating in the trial of the CREST Silver Award will take part in a STEM test in the summer term 2018, whether or not they have been participating in the CREST Silver Award programme. The assessment is a standardised progress in a standardised test from GL Assessment. The test will take place in school, during school hours and will be invigilated by NatCen researchers (all of whom have current DBS checks).

Who is NatCen Social Research?

NatCen Social Research is an independent social research organisation that carries out research on a wide range of social issues. 

Who is The Education Endowment Foundation?

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. The EEF have provided the funding for this project.