Are you a teacher who has been asked to take part in questionnaire as part of the Growing up in Scotland study?
Here are some frequently asked questions.
What is the Growing Up in Scotland study?
It’s a major cohort study tracking the lives of thousands of children and their families across Scotland – which some of the children in your school take part in. The aim of the study is to provide the Scottish Government with accurate information upon which to base its decision-making about policies and services, including education, for children and families. The study has been running since 2005.
Who is carrying out the study?
The study is conducted by ScotCen Social Research on behalf of the Scottish Government. We work in collaboration with academic researchers from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, based at Edinburgh University, and the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, at Glasgow University.
Why are you contacting my school?
The children that take part in GUS have recently started Primary 6, and we are interested in finding out how they are getting on at school. We have conducted several interviews with both the children and their main carer since 2005. The last time we spoke to these families (in autumn 2015) we asked the parents/ carers and the children if they would consent to us contacting their teacher to complete a questionnaire about the chid.
How did you get my details?
The child named in our correspondence with you and his/her parent/main carer provided us with your name and the name of the school. They have both given their permission for us to invite you to complete the questionnaire.
What will happen to any information I give?
Pupils and their parents/carers will not be able to find out the answers which you give and they have been informed about this policy. Your answers will be kept completely confidential, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be used for research purposes only.
How will the information I provide be used?
There is particular interest in looking at the child’s enjoyment and engagement at school in relation to certain child characteristics. The data from GUS is a valuable data resource that is used by a range of researchers. However, it is never possible to identify individual children or families as all the data are anonymised.
How can I complete the questionnaire?
We will soon be writing to the teachers concerned with more information. You will have the option of either completing a paper questionnaire (which you can return to us in a pre-paid envelope) or you can complete the questionnaire online by following this link. If you are completing the questionnaire online, you can do so using a desktop or laptop computer or tablet device. You just need to be connected to the internet. Your login details are provided on the letter we send out or you can call our Freephone number: 0800 652 2704.
Do I have to take part?
We very much hope you will take part but participation is voluntary. If there are any questions you do not wish to answer, you do not have to. If you do not wish to be contacted about the study, please contact us by phone or email.
Is the information I provide online safe?
We take our responsibility to keep personal information secure very seriously. To make sure your information is protected we use a secure website (HTTPS). This is the same type of website that you would generally see when shopping online. As part of our commitment to the security of your information, ScotCen Social Research has regular internal and external audits of its information security, and is accredited to the International Standard for Information Security, ISO 27001:2005.
Do I have to complete the online questionnaire in one go?
It should only take 15 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted and need to exit the questionnaire then you will be able to return to where you left off. If you wish to leave the survey, select the ‘pause’ button. The questionnaire will be saved automatically, so you can close your internet browser and return to complete it at a more convenient time. To regain access to the questionnaire, just follow the initial instructions in your letter and you will return to where you left off.
The questionnaire timed out.
To protect the confidentiality of your answers, the questionnaire is closed down if it is left for a period of time. Your answers will have been saved so you can log back in using the instructions in your letter/email as before and you will be returned to the point where you left off.
I have completed my questionnaire, but you sent me a letter or called to remind me to do this.
Thank you for taking part! It might be that you completed the questionnaire after we had checked our records. We apologise, but we will have safely received you answers.
What do I do if I’ve lost the paper questionnaire/my online login?
If you would prefer to complete a paper questionnaire but have lost the copy that was sent with this letter then you can call us free on 0800 652 2704. We will then send you another copy along with a pre-paid envelope.
Where can I find out more?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0800 652 2704. There is also information on our website and you can follow us on Twitter @growingupinscot