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Terms of use

This page and any pages it links to explain Ofsted’s terms of use. You must agree to these to use this website.

Who we are

This website is managed by Ofsted. Ofsted will be referred to as ‘we’ from now on.

Using our website

You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes. You must also use it in a way that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by anyone else.

We update this website all the time. We can change or remove content at any time without notice.

Linking to our website

We welcome and encourage other websites to link to this website.

You must contact us for permission if you want to either:

  • charge your website’s users to click on a link to any page on this website
  • say your website is associated with or endorsed by Ofsted or another government department or agency.

Linking from our website

This website links to websites that are managed by other government departments and agencies, service providers or other organisations. We don’t have any control over the content on these websites.

We’re not responsible for:

  • the protection of any information you give to these websites
  • any loss or damage that may come from your use of these websites, or any other websites they link to.

You agree to release us from any claims or disputes that may come from using these websites.

You should read all terms and conditions, privacy policies and end user licences that relate to this website before you use them.

Using our content

Most content on this website is subject to Crown copyright protection and is published under the Open Government Licence (OGL).

Some content is exempt from the OGL - check the list of exemptions.

If any content isn’t subject to Crown copyright protection or published under the OGL, we’ll usually credit the author or copyright holder.

You can reproduce content published on this website under the OGL as long as you follow the licence’s conditions.

Contact us if you want to reproduce a piece of content but aren’t sure if it’s covered by Crown copyright or the OGL.

We make most of the content on this website available through feeds for other websites and applications to use. The websites and applications that use our feeds aren’t our products, and they might use versions of our content that have been edited and stored for later use (‘cached’).

We don’t give any guarantees, conditions or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of any content used by these products. We’re not liable for any loss or damage that may come from your use of these products.

The most up to date version of our content will always be on this website.

Disclaimer

While we make every effort to keep this website up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties that the information will be:

  • current
  • secure
  • accurate
  • complete
  • free from bugs or viruses.

We don’t publish advice on this website. You should get professional or specialist advice before doing anything on the basis of the content.

We’re not liable for any loss or damage that may come from using this website. This includes:

  • any direct, indirect or consequential losses
  • any loss or damage caused by civil wrongs (‘tort’, including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise
  • the use of this website and any websites that are linked to or from it
  • the inability to use this website and any websites that are linked to or from it.

This applies if the loss or damage was foreseeable, arose in the normal course of things or you advised us that it might happen.

This includes (but isn’t limited to) the loss of your:

  • income or revenue
  • salary, benefits or other payments
  • business
  • profits or contracts
  • opportunity
  • anticipated savings
  • data
  • goodwill or reputation
  • tangible property
  • intangible property, including loss, corruption or damage to data or any computer system
  • wasted management or office time.

We may still be liable for:

  • death or personal injury arising from our negligence
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Requests to remove content

You can ask for content to be removed from this website. We’ll only do this in certain cases, for example, if it breaches copyright laws, contains sensitive personal data or material that may be considered obscene or defamatory.

Contact us to ask for content to be removed. You’ll need to send us the web address (URL) of the content and explain why you think it should be removed. We’ll reply to let you know whether we’ll remove it.

We remove content at our discretion in discussion with the department or agency responsible for it. You can still request information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.

Information about you and your visits to this website

We collect information about you in accordance with our privacy statement and cookie policy. By using this website, you agree to us collecting this information and confirm that any data you provide is accurate.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test this website for viruses at every stage of production. You must make sure that the way you use this website doesn’t expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which can damage your computer system.

We’re not responsible for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or computer system that might happen when you use this website.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

When using this website, you must not introduce viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or any other material that’s malicious or technologically harmful.

You must not try to gain unauthorised access to this website, the server on which it’s stored or any server, computer or database connected to it.

You must not attack this website in any way. This includes denial-of-service attacks.

We’ll report any attacks or attempts to gain unauthorised access to this website to the relevant law enforcement authorities and share information about you with them.

Governing law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

Any dispute you have that relate to these terms and conditions, or your use of this website (whether it be contractual or non-contractual), will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

General

There may be legal notices elsewhere on this website that relate to how you use the site.

We’re not liable if we fail to comply with these terms and conditions because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

We might decide not to exercise or enforce any right available to us under these terms and conditions. We can always decide to exercise or enforce that right at a later date.

Doing this once won’t mean we automatically waive the right on any other occasion.

If any of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions will still apply.

Changes to these terms and conditions

Please check these terms and conditions regularly. We can update them at any time without notice.

You’ll agree to any changes if you continue to use this website after the terms and conditions have been updated.