National College for Teaching and Leadership

Terms and conditions

The National College for School Leadership Limited

(the "National College", "we", "our", "us")

Membership scheme terms and conditions and online network terms of use

Contents

This page is made up of the following sections:

A  Summary of terms and conditions

B  Membership scheme terms and conditions

C  Online network terms of use

By completing the online application form to become a member of the National College's membership scheme, you indicate that you accept these membership scheme terms and conditions and online network terms of use and that you agree to abide by them.

The terms and conditions in this document are governed by English law and any dispute arising from, or related to these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

A Summary of terms and conditions

1. Applications for membership can only be made online. Applications are reviewed by the National College and will be accepted or refused at our discretion. All membership applications will be subject to an identity check determined by the National College.

2.  All applicants warrant that any information provided by them to the National College as part of the membership application (or otherwise) is true and accurate.

3. Membership will begin once the application form is complete. Membership is renewed annually and will be prompted by an email. Failure to renew will render the account lapsed.

4. Membership is open and free of charge to individuals in England who have a professional interest in schools and early years leadership. Leaders based outside of England and overseas can subscribe as international members.

Full membership is available to individuals within the National College remit, namely:

  • Leaders and teachers of schools and aspirant leaders
  • Leaders of independent schools and aspirant leaders
  • Providers to the National College
  • School governors
  • Members and staff of education organisations across all sectors, including the not-for-profit, private and public sectors in countries worldwide

5. Membership is is a charged for service of the National College. The National College retains the right to determine a variety of charges and fees for membership. There is a separate fee structure for professional development and some resources, publications, conferences and events.

6. Copyright and intellectual property rights for any information provided to members through any format will remain vested in the National College. By uploading content, information or material to the online network you automatically grant the National College the right and license to freely use the content.

7. The National College will maintain a database containing member’s personal information. Information will be processed in accordance with the National College privacy notice.

8. If membership is not renewed, the member’s details will be retained in the database in accordance with the National College retention policy so that membership can easily be resumed. Members who have not reactivated their membership can request that their information be removed by emailing data.protection@education.gsi.gov.uk.

9. Whilst the National College wants the online network to remain a safe and fun environment it is under no obligation to censor or monitor it. Any complaints regarding inappropriate use of the online network will be investigated.

10. Contributions to the online network must not be defamatory of anyone, or be likely to upset or embarrass anyone. When making contributions you must not impersonate others or misrepresent your identity.

11. You are responsible for keeping your online network password confidential and for all of the activities that occur under your password.

12. Both membership and online network accounts can be cancelled at the National College’s discretion.

B  Membership scheme terms and conditions

Introduction

The National College’s membership scheme has been developed to enable the National College to deliver a more personalised, coherent and harmonised offer to school and early years education leaders from all sectors already engaging with the National College, and to promote the National College and its benefits to those who are not engaging with the National College currently.

1. Name

The name of the scheme is the National College membership scheme (the "scheme").

2. Objects and powers

2.1 In furtherance of the scheme's aims and objects but not otherwise the scheme may:

2.1.1 organise and carry on the work of the scheme;

2.1.2 bring together in conference representatives of voluntary organisations, government departments, statutory authorities, schools, governing bodies, educational establishments, local authority departments and individuals;

2.1.3 promote and carry out or assist in promoting and carrying out research, surveys and investigations and publish the useful results thereof for the benefit of the scheme members;

2.1.4 arrange and provide for, or join in arranging and providing for, the holding of exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes, seminars and training courses;

2.1.5 collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting such objects and exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects whether in this country or internationally;

2.1.6 raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscriptions and otherwise;

2.1.7 cause to be written and printed or otherwise reproduced and circulated, gratuitously or otherwise, such papers, books, periodicals, pamphlets or other documents or films or recorded tapes (whether audio or visual or both) as shall further the said objects;

2.1.8 purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and any rights and privileges necessary for the promotion of such objects and construct, maintain and alter any buildings or erections necessary for the work of the scheme;

2.1.9 make regulations for any property which may be so acquired;

2.1.10 subject to such consents as may be required by law, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any of the property or assets of the scheme;

2.1.11 accept gifts and raise money for such objects on such terms as shall be thought fit;

2.1.12 subject to such consents as may be required by law, raise money for the said objects and accept gifts on such terms as shall be deemed to be necessary;

2.1.13 do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of such objects; or

2.1.14 establish where necessary local branches.

3. Membership

3.1 Full membership of the scheme shall be open to all individuals included in the National College’s remit, namely; leaders of schools, aspirant leaders of schools as well as leaders of independent schools and aspirant leaders of independent schools, providers to the National College, staff of the National College and such other persons deemed eligible by the National College.

3.2 Membership can only be applied for through online registration. Applications are reviewed by the National College and may be accepted or refused at its sole discretion.

3.3 All membership applications will be subject to an identity check determined by the National College. All applicants warrant that any information provided by them to the National College as part of the membership application (or otherwise) is true and accurate.

3.4 Honorary members may be appointed at the discretion of the National College.

3.5 The National College shall have the right for good and sufficient reason and in any event at its sole discretion to refuse or terminate the membership of any individual or organisation at any time, including without limitation:

3.5.1 if any applicant or member provides inaccurate or false information to the National College;

3.5.2 if any member breaches any of the terms of membership;

3.5.3 if any member is convicted of a criminal offence; or

3.5.4 if any member behaves, in the opinion of the National College, in any manner which is detrimental to the reputation or image of the National College.

3.6 The National College through the scheme will provide benefits to members as described on its website and promotional material. The National College reserves the right to vary, amend or withdraw these benefits at its sole discretion.

3.7 Membership to the scheme does not an automatically entitle members to participate in the National College’s professional development programmes. Separate application processes with a range of criteria apply for these programmes.

3.8 The benefits provided to members of the scheme are not able to be transferred or assigned.

3.9 Scheme membership commences on the date on which the relevant member accepts these terms and conditions by completing the online application form and issuing payment. Membership is renewed annually by responding to a membership renewal email forwarded to each scheme member.

3.10 Scheme membership commences on the date on which the relevant member accepts these terms and conditions by completing the online application form and issuing payment. Membership is renewed annually by responding to a membership renewal email forwarded to each scheme member. Membership will lapse if not renewed after one year and/or receipt of payment for International membership or other services such as payable short courses.

4. Voting

No member of the scheme will have any right to vote in relation to the matters of the scheme or the National College.

5. Fees and payments

5.1 Membership is open and free of charge to individuals in England who have a professional interest in schools and early years leadership. There is a separate fee structure for the National College’s professional development programmes and leadership curriculum and some of its resources, publications, conferences and events.

Leaders based outside England and overseas may subscribe as international members.

5.2 Any monies raised by or on behalf of the scheme shall be applied to further the objects of the scheme and for no other purpose provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the repayment to the National College of costs incurred by it associated with the promotion of the scheme, courses, workshops, training and literature provided to members of the scheme and such other similar activities.

5.3 The scheme shall not hold money. In the event that the scheme does hold monies, it will be as trustee or bailee for and on behalf of the National College.

6. Alterations to these terms and conditions

Subject to the following provisions of this clause these terms and conditions may be altered without notice by the National College and shall be binding on the members of the scheme. Any such alteration shall be transmitted to the members of the scheme within a reasonable time period and shall be effective as directed by the National College.

7. Notices

Any notice may be served by the National College on any member either personally or on its appointed representative (as the case may be), by email, by an announcement via the National College’s website or by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed to such member at his, her or its last known address, and any letter so sent shall be deemed to have been received within five days of posting.

8. Local branches

The National College shall have power to establish local branches for the furtherance of the scheme's objects.

9. Liability

The National College excludes all liability to any member of the scheme whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise save that this exclusion shall not exclude its liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, nor its liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

10. Equality and diversity

10.1 The National College operates an equality and diversity policy. Members of the scheme will comply with any applicable anti-discrimination legislation (including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, the Equality Act 2006, the Human Rights Act 1998 or other relevant or equivalent legislation, or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof) and with the National College’s equality and diversity policy as may be amended from time to time, copies of which will be provided by the National College to a scheme member upon written request.

10.2 Failure to comply with clause 10.1 above will result in a member’s membership being immediately terminated.

11. Your data

11.1 The National College will maintain a database containing each scheme member’s personal information (where provided by the individual/organisation).The National College will process information about you in accordance with its privacy notice. By becoming a member of the scheme, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

11.2 In the event that a scheme member fails to renew their membership, the scheme member’s details will be retained on the database in accordance with the National College’s retention policy allowing scheme members to easily resume their membership. Members who have not reactivated their membership can specifically request their details be removed by sending an email data.protection@education.gsi.gov.uk. Such removal is subject to any restrictions imposed on the National College by any applicable laws, regulations or best practice in accordance with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner or similar body.

12. Intellectual property and copyright

12.1 The copyright and/or any intellectual property rights in any information or media provided to scheme members through any format, including without limitation, the online network, email, internet and publications vests in and will remain vested in the National College.

12.2 The National College copyright notice must remain on all reproductions of material obtained from the National College through any medium. Scheme members may download, store and use material for their own personal use and research or that of their school or organisation. Scheme members are prohibited from republishing, retransmitting, redistributing or otherwise making material available to any 3rd party or making the same available through any media without the National College’s express prior written consent.

13. Validity

Each of the provisions of these terms and conditions is severable and distinct from the others and if at any time one or more of such provisions is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected or impaired.

14. Entire agreement

These terms and conditions constitute the whole agreement between the parties and supersede all previous agreements between the parties relating to its subject matter.

15. Benefit of agreement

No person who is not a party to these terms and conditions is intended to receive a benefit under, or be entitled to enforce, these terms and conditions pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

16. Jurisdiction and applicable law

These terms and conditions are governed by English law and any dispute arising from, or related to these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

C  Online network terms of use

1. Introduction

1.1 The National College wants the online network (the "online network") to be an educational and easy-to-use environment.  This Section B (together with the privacy policy referred to in it) tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of the online network as a registered user. Please read these terms of use carefully before you use the online network. By using the online network, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them and the National College's privacy policy.

2. Accessing the online network

Access to the online network is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason the online network is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3. Termination of account

3.1 You agree that the National College, at its sole discretion, may at any time terminate your account and your ability to use the online network. You may terminate your account or request changes to your account by contacting the National College at college.enquiries@bt.com.

3.2 Failure to comply with these terms of use constitutes a material breach, and may result in the National College taking all or any of the following actions:

3.2.1 immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the online network;

3.2.2 immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any contribution already posted;

3.2.3 issue of a warning to you;

3.2.4 legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach;

3.2.5 further legal action against you; and

3.2.6 disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

The National College excludes its liability for all action it may take in response to breaches of these terms of use.  The actions described above are not limited, and it may take any other action it reasonably deems appropriate.

4. Content

4.1 Monitoring

4.1.1 While the National College wants the online network to be a safe and fun environment, you understand and agree that it is under no obligation to censor or monitor the online network. It will, however, investigate complaints that are brought to its attention concerning inappropriate use of the online network. Wherever possible, the National College shall remove material posted by individuals who use the online network, which it reasonably considers to be offending, in breach of the content standards or these terms of use.

4.1.2 You agree that the National College, at its sole discretion, may at any time:

(a) remove any content, information or material from the online network;

(b) make changes to or discontinue any and all aspects of the online network; and

(c) disable or suspend access to the online network or any part of it.

4.2 Content standards

4.2.1 These content standards ("content standards") apply to each part of a contribution to the online network as well as to its whole ("contribution").  The content standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter.  The National College will determine, in its discretion, whether a contribution breaches the content standards.

4.2.2 A contribution must:

(a) be accurate (where it states facts);

(b) be genuinely held (where it states opinions);

(c) comply with the law applicable in England and Wales and in any country from which it is posted; and

(d) be relevant.

4.2.3 A contribution must not:

(a) be defamatory of any person;

(b) be obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory (no bad language or pictures);

(c) promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;

(d) disclose the name, address, telephone, mobile or fax number, e-mail address or any other personal data in respect of any individual;

(e) infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person (do not post another person's work when you do not have permission);

(f) breach any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;

(g) be in contempt of court;

(h) be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;

(i) impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person;

(j) give the impression that the contribution emanates from the National College if this is not the case;

(k) advocate, promote, incite any third party to commit, or assist any unlawful or criminal act;

(l) constitute spam;

(m) contain a statement which you know or believe, or have reasonable grounds for believing, that members of the public to whom the statement is, or is to be, published are likely to understand as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism; or

(n) contain any advertising or promote any services or web links to other sites.

4.3 Use of uploaded content

By uploading content, information or material to the online network, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) the National College a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to freely use, sub-licence, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, transmit and distribute such content. You accept that by uploading content onto the online network you give the National College permission to display the things you post on the online network so that others can see them. In addition, you warrant that all so-called moral rights in those materials have been waived. By submitting material to the online network, you are warranting that you have the right to grant the non-exclusive copyright licence described in this clause and that any material uploaded to the online network is not in breach of any third party's rights (including any copyright, database right, trade marks or any other intellectual property rights).

5. No collection of data

Except where expressly authorised by the National College, you agree not to collect or store personal data about other users.

6. Passwords and security

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password you are given to access the online network (do not give other people your password), and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password. You need to notify the National College immediately of any unauthorised use of your password, and you need to exit your account immediately after you use the online network. The National College has the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by it at any time, if in its opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

7. Links to websites

The online network may contain hyperlinks to websites controlled by parties other than the National College. The National College is not responsible for and does not endorse or accept any responsibility over the content or use of these websites. You should refer to the policies posted by other websites regarding privacy and other topics before you use them.

8. Reliance on information posted - disclaimer

The National College aims to update its site regularly and may change the content at any time. The content, information or material contained in the online network may be out of date or include omissions, inaccuracies or other errors and the National College is under no obligation to update such material.  Commentary and other materials posted on its site are not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. Any reliance on the content, information or material contained in the online network is at your own risk.

9. Changes to these rules

The National College may revise these online network terms of use at any time.  You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes it makes, as they are legally binding on you.

10. National College’s liability

10.1 The material displayed on the online network is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, the National College expressly excludes:

10.1.1 all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity; and

10.1.2 any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with the online network or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of the online network, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:

(a) loss of income or revenue;

(b) loss of business;

(c) loss of profits or contracts;

(d) loss of anticipated savings;

(e) loss of data;

(f) loss of goodwill;

(g) wasted management or office time; and

for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

10.2 This does not affect the National College's liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, nor its liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

11. Indemnity

You shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the National College, its officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses, including reasonable legal fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with your access to or use of the online network.

12. Information about you and your use of the online network

The National College may process information about you in accordance with its privacy notice.  By using the online network, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

13. Prohibited uses

13.1 You may use the online network only for lawful purposes. You may not use the online network:

13.1.1 in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;

13.1.2 in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;

13.1.3 for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;

13.1.4 to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with the content standards; or

13.1.5 to transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).

13.2 You must not misuse the online network by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the online network, the server on which the online network is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the online network. You must not attack the online network via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

13.3 By breaching clause 13.2, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The National College will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and it will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the online network will cease immediately.

13.4 The National College will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the online network or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

14. Validity

Each of the provisions of these terms of use is severable and distinct from the others and if at any time one or more of such provisions is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected or impaired.

15. Jurisdiction and applicable law

The Courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to the online network although the National College retains the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.  These online network terms of use are governed by English law.

16. Your concerns

If you have any concerns about material which appears on the online network, please contact college.enquiries@bt.com.

Help desk

The help desk is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm GMT, excluding UK bank holidays.

0345 609 0009 (UK)
+44 1349 882095 (International)

college.enquiries@bt.com

You can also get in touch using our enquiry form.

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