... and has affected education, including schools.

Amendments to the 'Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998' came into force in the UK on 1st June and 1st October 2014 that directly work in education and schools.

Exceptions for Education now included working through VLE and apply to all types of media - film, photography, audio etc. as well as text.

Download detailed summary of Copyright Changes for schools from the NEN

Changes to Copyright for Schools. 2014


NB. The detail on the CRW site has not yet been fully updated to reflect the changes, though the approaches to good practice and principles remain the same.


This update October 2014.


Digital technology has changed the way we work in schools.

The use of digital applications and resources brings us face to face with 'copyright' every day. We are both creators and users of copyright materials, though to consider our work it is better to think of four categories: user, re-user, creator and distributor or publisher. Teachers, pupils and the school as an organisation have to understand and work with 'copyright' from four different points of view.

Four points of view

user or consumer - looking, listening, reading and learning

re-user – an active consumer who re-uses other people's materials

creator or author of new materials

distributor and publisher - sharing and making materials available to other people

Copyright applies to all four of these activities and you have to keep all four viewpoints in mind during the teaching week as you swap around from preparing lessons, helping pupils search for materials for their work, loading materials into a VLE, working with colleagues from local schools develop teaching resources and registering your pupils’ work to use a collaboration website. It's a multi-dimensional juggling act!

Next Steps

What is IPR?

What is copyright?

Copyright and the law.

History of copyright.

Future of copyright.

IPR and Copyright Quiz.









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