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Privacy notice

In line with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are certain things that we need to let you know about how your information will be processed. In this privacy notice, we explain:

  • the legal basis for data processing;
  • who will have access to your personal data;
  • how your data will be used, stored and deleted; and
  • who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

The legal basis for processing data

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Education (DfE) have funded the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out the independent evaluation of Nature Friendly Schools (NFS).

DEFRA is the data controller for this project. This means that they are responsible for deciding the purpose and legal basis for processing data. For this project, the legal basis is ‘public task’. NatCen is the data processor.

You can contact NatCen with any questions about the evaluation and the processing of data at

More information about NatCen can be found on this webpage.

Who will have access to my personal data?

NatCen are carrying out this evaluation and will have access to:

  • school, pupil and staff information;
  • pre- and post-intervention pupil questionnaire data;
  • pupil focus group recordings, transcripts and notes;
  • staff interview recordings, transcripts and notes;
  • observation notes;
  • staff survey responses.

The Resilience Through Nature (RTN) Consortium are delivering NFS. They will have access to school, pupil and staff information. They will only see data from the evaluation (survey and interview responses, test data) once they have been anonymised.

McGowan Transcriptions is the transcription service we use to transcribe our interview and focus group data. They will have had access to recordings and transcriptions from all interviews and focus groups. McGowan Transcriptions is on our approved supplier list and compliant with all of our information security policies.

How will the data be used?

The data collected will only be used for research purposes. NatCen and RTN will store and handle all data securely and confidentially in line with the GDPR. Reports and publications arising from this research will not identify any individual participant or school. The purpose of NatCen’s research is to understand the impact and implementation of the NFS programme on its participants.

Who can I contact with a query or a complaint?

If you have any questions about how your data will be used, please contact NatCen’s Data Protection Officer, Justin Mason, at

Under GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please go to for more information.