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Frequently asked questions

Tech Ed Study

Who is doing the research, and who is funding it?

NatCen Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) are conducting the Tech Ed Study. NatCen is Britain’s largest independent social research agency. NFER is a leading educational research organisation. The study has been commissioned by the Department for Education.

How did you get my contact details?

We have been provided with your personal contact information from the Individual Learner Record (ILR) and National Pupil Database (NPD) from DfE in line with UK General Data Protection (GDPR) requirements. DfE is the data controller for this data and they are supplied on the legal basis of Public Task. We will only use these details to contact you about this research study and will not pass them on to anyone else.

What will happen to the information I give?

Your answers and contact details will be stored securely in line with the UK GDPR. Any information you give will only be used for this study.

Your answers are confidential and will only be used for research purposes. We will delete any information which makes you identifiable at the end of the study.

Read more about our approach to privacy.

How will my answers be used?

We are asking students across England to fill in the survey. We will collect and analyse the answers and write a report every year based on what we found. 

You will be able to read each of the reports on the Department for Education’s website. You will not be named in any of the reports.

Do I have to take part?

Your views are important to us, but it is voluntary to take part in the research. You do not have to complete the survey if you do not want to.

Where can I find out more about the Tech Ed Study?

For more information, please visit our website, email us at or call on Freephone on 0800 652 9294.