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Acceptable use policy

We encourage debate and the sharing of information between our users. It is important however that users use this resource responsibly and to that end this policy has been provided to help you understand your roles and responsibilities as participants.

Do’s and don’ts


  • Read and make sure you understand the site’s Terms of use before uploading any content to the site.
  • Ensure that you have permission to use the material that you are uploading to the site.
    • For example, if you have produced the material in the course of your employment, your employer will own copyright in that material. You should therefore obtain your employer’s permission to upload the material and permit its use in the way described in the Terms of use before uploading it to the site.
  • Respect this community…
    • Respect others (including their materials, personal information, opinions and beliefs), assume goodwill and be civil.
    • Cite your sources - if you are quoting from or referring to another person’s/organisation’s material, please make sure you state where you got it from.  For example, for a book you must state the author, title, year of publication and the page from which you’ve quoted, or for a website you would have to give the URL (www.standards.dfes.gov.uk) and when you last accessed it.
    • Avoid conflict and, if conflict arises, use the communication lines to your forum facilitators to report it, or send an email to the global facilitator address (enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk ).
  • Report anything you’re not happy with…
    • For any situation where you perceive conflict, i.e. information, materials or discussions which you find offensive or problematic, report the situation to the facilitators, or send an email to the global facilitator address (enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk).
  • When posting your own information – keep in mind…
    • a number of people could access what you place on the site (e.g. your personal information, what you post in a message or discussion forum, what you write on a webpage or in your blog, or what you upload or refer to).
  • Take responsibility…
    • It is your responsibility to make sure you comply with the Terms of use for this site.


  • Infringe copyright – i.e. don’t post copyright material, unless you are the rights owner or have permission from the rights owner to do so. See copyright advice for further guidance.
  • Upload images of identifiable individuals to the site, unless you have their explicit written consent to make their image available through the site and to permit its use by others via this site or, in the case of children, their parent/guardian have given you such explicit written consent.
  • Identify individuals in any content you upload, so for example, if you are uploading a case study, do not identify any pupils by naming them.
  • Spam – i.e. repeatedly post the same message a number of times or post chain letters or other junk mail.
  • Be offensive or Troll– i.e. post “inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed intentionally to annoy or antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion, including the personal attack of calling others trolls.” (from Wikipedia, URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll)
  • Advertise anything.
  • Impersonate – i.e. pretend to be someone you’re not.
  • Forget that if you have created something in the course of your employment it is likely that your employer owns the copyright in it – not you.
  • If in doubt – don’t post it!

Copyright advice

  • Take care if you are considering posting material that is not yours (i.e. written, drawn, designed, composed, performed or otherwise created than by yourself) as it may be subject to copyright restrictions and you may need permission from the rights owner(s) to post it on the site.
  • You should be aware that including material owned and controlled by third parties (whether this material is a text extract, a child’s work, a logo or trademark, two lines of a song, or a screengrab from a website – this list is not exhaustive) is likely to require permission, and potentially the payment of a fee. You must therefore ensure that you have gained all necessary permissions before uploading anything onto this site.
  • Rights owners of intellectual property have many rights which you need to be aware of, including:
    • the right to grant or refuse permission for re-use of their work;
    • the right to be acknowledged as the author of the work and for their work not to be falsely attributed to the wrong person;
    • the right to object to their work being subjected to derogatory treatment (this may in effect, merely mean cropping a photo, reproducing a work of art with poor or incorrect colour values, or abridging text);
    • the right to prevent use of a photograph unless you have their consent.