Privacy policy


The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme is sponsored and funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by Nuffield Foundation Education Limited (NFEL).  The NELI website ( (the ‘Website’) is the platform that is used by schools to register and engage with NELI.

This Privacy Notice provides information about the personal information we collect about you, including when you interact with the Website. This notice also provides information about how we will use your personal information and your rights over your personal information.

  1. Who we are and how to get in touch
  1. What is personal information
  1. Whose personal information do we use
  1. What personal information do we collect
  1. Sources of personal information
  1. How we use personal information (and the lawful bases)
  1. Who we share personal information with
  1. Any international transfers of personal information
  1. How we keep personal information safe
  1. Children’s personal information
  1. How long we keep personal information for
  1. Your rights


1 – Who we are and how to get in touch is delivered and supported by Nuffield Foundation Education Limited (NFEL), with the organisation responsible for the collection of personal data (the data controller) through NELI being the UK Government’s Department for Education –  You can contact the Department for Education at Department for Education, 2 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield, S1 2JF and through the email enquiry form:


When we refer to ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘us’ below, this refers to the Department for Education.

Our data protection officer can be contacted at [email protected]

The Department for Education has engaged the Nuffield Foundation to help deliver NELI and the Nuffield Foundation works with third parties to assist with delivery of the NELI services.


2 – What is personal information

When we use the term personal information we mean any information that could be used to identify you. At its simplest, this includes your name and your email address. Personal information will also include any information provided by you (for example, in your correspondence with us).


3 -Whose personal information do we use

We collect and use personal information about the following types of people:


4 – What personal information do we collect

The personal information we collect and use includes (but is not restricted to):

Special category data

Certain types of personal information are sensitive and need more protection. For example, information about race or ethnic origins, political opinions, sex life or sexual orientation, religious beliefs, health information, biometric and genetic data. There are also special rules about the use of criminal information (information about criminal convictions or allegations about criminal convictions).

We will not usually collect these types of personal information. We will only process these types of personal information if we have a valid reason for doing so and only if the law allows us to do so.


5 – Sources of personal information

We will collect your personal information directly from you and your interaction with us, including through the Website.

We will collect information indirectly, for example if a head teacher or other senior staff member provides a list of staff names and contact details who we should engage with to deliver NELI.

We also collect certain technical information from you when you interact with the Website. For example, we may keep track of the amount of time you spend on pages, or the pages you visit. For more information about this, please see information about our use of Cookies.


6 – How we use personal information (and the lawful bases)

Purposes of processing

We process personal information to:

There may be more than one purpose for which we wish to use your personal information in any particular circumstance.

We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another purpose and that purpose is compatible with the original purposes. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Lawful bases

We will only use personal information when the law allows us to (i.e. where we have a ‘lawful basis’). Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:

The provision of personal information to us is not part of a statutory or contractual requirement. You are not obliged to provide your personal information although if you choose not to do so we will not be able to involve you in the NELI programme.


7 – Who we share personal information with

As part of delivering NELI, we (through our arrangement with the Nuffield Foundation Education Ltd) will share personal information with our delivery partner Oxford University Press. Personal information will also be made available to our support delivery partner OxEd and Assessment Ltd and to their support sub-contractor so that they can provide support for individuals in relation to the FutureLearn training platform and the LanguageScreen app.

Personal information may also be shared with other third parties where this is necessary for us to deliver the programme and provide ongoing support.

There are other circumstances where we may need to share your personal information, for example:

Apart from where stated in this notice, we will not share personal information with third parties for any other purpose without consent from the relevant individuals.


8 – Any international transfers of personal information

Certain countries outside of the UK or the EU have a lower standard of protection for personal information, including lower security protections. Where your personal information is transferred outside the UK or EU to a country which does not offer a similar level of protection to the UK or EU, we will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that the recipient appropriately protects your personal information by, for instance, entering into contracts that have been approved by UK or EU authorities. If you have any questions about data transfers, please do get in touch using our contact details above.

We do not transfer personal information outside the UK or the EU.


9 – How we keep personal information safe

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft and unauthorised use, access or modification.

Sometimes we include links to other websites. This notice only covers how we use personal information and does not cover these other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy notices on other websites you visit.


10 – Children’s personal information

Given the purpose of NELI, we may collect personal information on students who are young children under the age of 6. We recognise the additional safeguards that need to be put in place when handling children’s personal information and we will adhere to the rules in the Age Appropriate Design Code to the extent any of our resources are required to comply with the Code and its principles.  See:


11 – How long we keep personal information for

We will keep your personal information only for as long as required in connection with the purposes for which it was collected and/or is used.

We will usually retain personal information relating to staff and students at a school for six years from the end of the calendar year in which the initial training is delivered at that school. This is so that we can provide ongoing support to individuals and schools in connection with the programme.

We may also retain information for longer periods where we are required to do so in accordance with legal or regulatory requirements.

In specific circumstances we may also retain your personal information for longer so that we have an accurate record of your dealings with us in the event of any complaints or challenges.

If you would like further information about this, please contact us using the details above.


12 – Your rights

When we use your personal information you have the right to:

There are other rights which are unlikely to apply to our use of your personal information. For example, the right to port (or transfer) your personal information (the data portability right) in certain circumstances. Additionally, if we use automated decision making which produces legal effects or similarly significantly affects you, we must tell you.

You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office at