Terms of Use

Last updated: 22/03/2023

1. Who we are and how to contact us

This website is part of the National Centre for Computing Education. The National Centre for Computing Education is funded by the Department for Education and this website is operated by STEM Learning Limited on its behalf.

To contact STEM Learning, please e-mail cqf@teachcomputing.org. Our address is National STEM Learning Centre, University of York, York, YO10 5DD.

2. Your use of this website

By using this website, you agree to accept these terms of use.  Please do not use this website if you do not agree to these terms of use.

Your particular attention is drawn to section 11 which sets out your liability to us should you be in breach of these terms of use and cause us loss or damage.

3. Availability of website

We do not guarantee that the website, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted.  We may suspend, withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of the website for any reason at any time without notice.

4. Website directed for use by schools in the UK

Unless stated otherwise, the website is directed to schools in the UK.  We do not represent that content available on or through the website is appropriate for use or available in other locations.

5. Website content

The content on the website may be out of date or may include omissions, inaccuracies or other errors. All content is provided without warranty and is not subject to any checks of assurance of quality. We do not guarantee the availability of any content.

The website may provide access via hypertext links to third party websites. By providing these links we are neither endorsing entities nor authorising any act which may be in breach of the intellectual property or any third party rights which are protected in law or by international treaties worldwide. We do not accept liability for any materials contained on a third-party website.

Unless stated otherwise, all online resources available through the website are available for non-commercial use.

6. Intellectual Property

Teaching resources: the teaching resources accessed via the website are published under the Open Government License v 3.0 unless expressly stated otherwise.

CQF Tool: the CQF tool used on this website is owned by a third party supplier and we have a licence to use it solely for the purpose provided for on this website. The supplier’s intellectual property rights are fully reserved.

Third party resources: any resources that include copyrighted works by third parties are reproduced for teaching purposes and on a non-commercial basis only in order to fall under the exemption set out in section 33 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Website content: the content featured on this website is subject to copyright protection. The intellectual property rights in the content belongs wholly to the original author or publisher of the content. You agree to be bound by licensing arrangements associated with use of such content.

You must not reproduce, distribute or communicate the content of this website, unless and to the extent that the same is specifically permitted under any license to which it is subject.

If you wish to use any material which is not subject to a license, you must obtain prior written consent from the author or publisher. If reference to a copyright license is provided by us on this website then such license information should be used as a guide only; please contact the owner if you wish to reuse the content.

You are permitted to download content from this website, except where it is expressly stated that you are not permitted to do so. Systematic downloading of files is strictly prohibited. You must not use such downloaded files on any other website, network, repository or virtual learning environment without our prior written consent. If you wish to include material from this website on another website you may link to this website. In all cases, you must fully credit the author, this website, and the copyright status of the content.

In relation to content which is subject to copyright but where the rights holder cannot be traced (Orphan Works) we will take the appropriate steps to trace the rights holder before uploading such content to our website. If you have found content which you consider is illegally held or published on this website, please contact us in accordance with our take down policy, see section 10.

7. Accounts

Where you set up an account on the website, you must ensure that the details provided are true and accurate. If any details change, you must promptly update the details on your account. 

You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your account.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party and you are responsible for any loss or damage caused from use of your password by a third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

If you know or suspect that your user identification code or password has been compromised, you must change your password and promptly notify us.

8. Acceptable use of website

You may use the website and content only for lawful purposes in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy as follows. 

You may not use the website or content:

  • In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
  • In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
  • For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
  • To bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate any person.
  • To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our website in contravention of the provisions of our terms of use.
  • Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
    • any part of the website;
    • any equipment or network on which the website is stored;
    • any software used in the provision of our site; or
    • any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party

Except as otherwise provided in these terms of use:


You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from the website for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on the website.  You may also print off copies for non-commercial research or non-commercial teaching purposes.


You are permitted to download content from this website, except where it is expressly stated that you are not permitted to do so. Systematic downloading of files is strictly prohibited.  You must not use such downloaded files on any other website, network, repository or virtual learning environment without our prior written consent. The download may be used for personal use, non-commercial research and non-commercial teaching purposes only.


If you wish to include content from this website on another website, you may link to this website provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. You must not establish a link to the website in any website that is not owned by you, or for which you do not have permission from the owner to do so. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission at any time.


You must fully credit the author, the copyright owner, and this website.


You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text other than in accordance with these terms of use.

Non-commercial use

You must not use any part of the content on the website for commercial purposes without obtaining a prior written licence to do so from us or our licensors, as applicable.

If you print off, copy or download any part of the website in breach of these terms of use, your right to use the website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the content you have made.

9. Health and Safety

Use of a resource or other website content that includes a practical activity requires the user to carry out a full risk assessment. Resources have been published in the form that they were originally submitted by the contributor. This means that any health and safety risk assessment measures detailed within the resources reflect general practice and standards at the time that the resources were published and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today or that inclusion of such assessments within the resources should negate your obligation to perform appropriate risk assessments before use of such resources.

Before using any resource that includes a practical activity, users should consult, and if necessary adapt, an appropriate employer’s risk assessment. Such risk assessment is the responsibility of the user, and the National Centre for Computing Education does not accept any responsibility and shall not be liable to you or any third party for any losses, damages, claims, expenses or outcomes resulting from the use of material included or referred to on this website. Users should check against current health and safety guidance that has been produced by organisations such as CLEAPSS and SSERC.

10. Take down policy

We reserve an absolute right to exercise our discretion in the removal of any content from the website.

Should you have any concerns or have a complaint in relation to the content, please contact us.  

Upon becoming aware of any issues related to the content we will promptly and amicably resolve such matters (to the satisfaction of both parties should there be a complainant), with the following possible outcomes:

  • The material remains on the website unchanged.
  • The material is replaced on the website with changes.
  • The material is permanently removed from the website.

Where we and a complainant are unable to settle such a matter, the content may remain unavailable through this website until a time when a resolution has been reached.

11. Warranty disclaimer and liability

We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

Your use of this website is at your own risk and to the fullest extent permitted by law we hereby exclude all warranties, express or implied, and make no representation in relation to the content of the website.

We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, our website including any content thereon
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on our website

In particular, we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

You acknowledge that any breach by you of these terms of use may cause us significant and irreparable damage and, accordingly, you agree that you will indemnify and hold us and our officers, employees and agents harmless against all and any losses, damages, claims and/or expenses suffered as a result of a breach of these terms of use. This means that you may be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of these terms of use.

Without prejudice to the foregoing, in the event of any breach by you of these terms of use, we shall be entitled to immediately suspend or terminate your access to the website and shall further be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief.

12. How we may use your personal information

In respect of any personal data you submit to the website or otherwise make known to us, we will only use it as set out in our Privacy Policy.

13. General


We may need to change the terms of use. If we do so we will post an updated copy with the date of revision included within the title of the terms. If we consider the change is material we will post a notice on the website. Your continued use of the website indicates your acceptance of the current terms.


The validity or enforceability of the remaining terms shall not be affected by the holding of any provision of part of the terms of use to be invalid or enforceable.

Governing law and jurisdiction

These terms of use shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction.