Frequently asked questions

Who is conducting this study?

This study is being conducted by NatCen Social Research, the largest independent social research organisation in Britain. The study is funded by the Department for Education, and we are working in partnership with the University of Oxford.

What would I have to do?

Taking part is completely voluntary and would involve completing a questionnaire of around 20-25 minutes, either online or over the phone. You can complete this at a time that suits you, and you can stop or opt out at any time.

What if I don’t want to take part?

If you do not wish to take part in this survey, please contact us at  or call us on 0800 652 0157, quoting the reference number at the top of the letter or email you received and your name. Taking part in this study is completely voluntary and if you change your mind at any point, that’s fine.

How will the information I provide be used?

All the answers you give will be anonymised and treated in strict confidence. We will combine your answers with the answers you gave in the previous SEED interviews so that we can see how things have changed. The results will help the Government make decisions about education for children and family support in England. Anything you tell us is confidential. The survey results collected are for statistical purposes only – you or your child will not be identified in any reports or publications.