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Evaluation of the Chairs Leadership Programme – 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 Education and Training Foundation (ETF) have commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out an evaluation of the Chairs Leadership Programme.

NatCen is the data processor and the Education and Training Foundation are the data controller for this project. In order for the use of personal data to be lawful, we need to meet one (or more) conditions in the data protection legislation, as set out in Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For the purpose of this project, the relevant condition that we are meeting is ‘legitimate interests’.

You can contact NatCen with any questions about the survey 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:

  • Pre- and post-intervention survey responses
  • Interview recordings, transcripts and notes (for chairs who choose to participate in this stage of the evaluation)

The Education and Training Foundation will only see survey and interview data once they have been anonymised.

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

How will the data be used?

The data collected will only be used for research purposes. NatCen and ETF 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/institution. The purpose of NatCen’s research is to evaluate the implementation of the Chairs Leadership Programme.

NatCen and ETF will delete all personal information, and any other data held on the project, within two years from report publication in 2023.  

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.