Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions (“Terms”) apply to our provision and your use, as a registered member of CAS (“CAS Member”), of the information, services and materials through the CAS Website and CAS Community Website (“CAS Website”).

These terms should read in conjunction with the guidance for using the site and our privacy and cookies policies.

Please read these Terms carefully. By accessing the website (by whatever means or device) and using the online content provided by this site you agree that you have read, understood and agreed to these terms and the privacy policy whether you are a visitor or a registered member. If you do not agree to these terms you must stop using the website immediately.

  1. About Us
  2. Using the website
  3. Disclaimer of liability
  4. Cookies policy
  5. Privacy policy
  6. Copyright
  7. Registration and accounts
  8. Institutional Membership
  9. Your content
  10. Use of content for research
  11. Linking to other sites
  12. Changes to the terms and conditions
  13. Governing Law
  14. Other important terms


  1. About Us
    1. In these terms, references to “we” or “us” are to Computing At School.
    2. This website is operated by Computing At School.
    3. Computing At School is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT whose registered address is BCS, First Floor, Block D, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FA. BCS is a registered charity: No 292786. BCS is registered for VAT purposes and its registration number is GB 618 1687 24.
    4. ‘Website’ refers to the sites published under the following domains: *.computingatschool.org.uk, www.teachprimarycomputing.org.uk, www.whatiscomputing.org,www.barefootcas.org.uk
    5. The CAS Website was developed and is run by the Programming Education Tools Group at the University of Kent. You can contact us here.
    6. If you have any questions about these terms or wish to contact us for any reason please contact support.
  2. Using the website
    1. By using this Website (either as a Visitor or a registered member), you confirm that you have read and that you are in compliance with the Guidelines, these Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Policy and the Cookies Policy and all applicable local, national and international laws, rules and regulations.
    2. This website is copyright of Computing At School (CAS). Its content is copyright of CAS and of contributors who have exclusively licensed such copyright to CAS. © CAS and contributors 2009-2015. All Rights Reserved.
    3. Use of the Website and access to the CAS Member content by anyone under the age of 18 is strictly prohibited.
    4. Your use and access of this Website and the CAS Member Content is subject to the following conditions (“Acceptable Use Conditions”), and you agree that failure to comply with any one of these conditions will be a breach of these Terms by you:
      1. you agree to use the Website and access the CAS Member Content only for lawful purposes and in no way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect;
      2. you agree not to use the Website or access the CAS Member Content for the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way;
      3. you agree not to distribute all or any part of the Website or CAS Member Content in any medium without the prior written consent of the author of that content, unless such distribution is offered through the functionality of the Website and permitted by these Terms including, without limitation, under section 7.10;
      4. you agree not to access the Website or CAS Member Content through any technology other than the software provided by us or enabled via API’s or other generally available third party web browsers such as Chrome, FireFox, Safari or Internet Explorer;
      5. you agree not to (and not to attempt to) circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with any security related features of the Website or features that (i) prevent or restrict use or copying of content or (ii) enforce limitations on us, the use of the Website or access to the CAS Member Content;
      6. you agree not to knowingly transmit any data or send or submit any content that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, key-stroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware;
      7. you agree to use the Website and access the CAS Member Content in a way which does not infringe the rights of anyone else or restrict or prevent anyone else’s use and enjoyment of the Website and CAS Member Content.
      8. you agree not to ask for, collect or harvest any personal data of any Visitor or Registered Member of the Website;
      9. you agree not to post, upload, email or otherwise transmit to or otherwise cause us to email, transmit or otherwise distribute chain letters, surveys or studies, calls to action, junk mail, pyramid schemes, incentives (monetary or click-based), spimming or spamming, or bulk communications of any kind, whether or not for commercial or non-commercial purposes;
      10. you will not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any content contained on the Website (including without limitation the CAS Member Content) for any purposes other than as permitted by these terms and conditions without the prior written consent of us or the prior written consent of the respective licensors/owners of the content on the Website and CAS Member Content;
      11. you agree not to use the Website or the CAS Member Content in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden or impair any CAS servers or those provided for us by the University of Kent or the network(s) connected to these servers, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of any servers or networks connected to the Website;
      12. you agree not to use any high volume, automated, or electronic means to access the Website or the CAS Member Content (including without limitation robots, spiders or scripts);
      13. you agree not to frame the Website or the CAS Member Content, place pop-up windows over its pages, or otherwise affect the display of its pages;
      14. you agree not to access or attempt to access any other Visitor or CAS Member’s account or falsely state, impersonate, or otherwise misrepresent your identity or misrepresenting your affiliations with a person or entity, past or present;
      15. you agree not to force headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any communication transmitted through the Website; and
      16. you agree not to send, knowingly receive, submit, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with these Terms (including our Privacy and Cookies Policies).
    5. You agree to comply with these Terms generally (including, without limitation paragraph 9 below) in relation to any Content (as defined in paragraph 9) provided by you in connection with the CAS Member Content and in connection with the ability to post messages (as further detailed in paragraphs 9.6 to 9.8 below).
    6. You agree that you will comply with all of the other provisions of the Terms at all times during your accessing of the Website and use of the CAS Member Content.
    7. We grant the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the site for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. We reserve the right to revoke these exceptions, either generally or in specific cases.
    8. Automatic requesting of the web content is subject to the rules in robots.txt.
    9. You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Website and CAS Member Content which we provide may change from time to time without prior notice to you.
    10. Whilst we do all we can to ensure that the CAS Member Content is of a high standard, you understand and acknowledge that, in using the Website and CAS Member Content, you may be exposed to content from other CAS Members that is factually inaccurate, offensive if taken out of context, indecent to certain people, or otherwise objectionable to you. We are not responsible (legally or otherwise) for any claims you may have against us in relation to this type of content.
    11. You acknowledge and agree that we may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Website, CAS Member Content (or any part of the CAS Member Content) to you or to CAS Members generally at our sole discretion, without prior notice to you.
    12. You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that we have no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations under the Terms and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which we may suffer) of any such breach.
  3. Disclaimer of liability
    1. The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on the website as a basis for making any business, legal or any other decisions. Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, CAS makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such material is therefore strictly at your own risk.
    2. CAS will not be liable for any false, inaccurate, inappropriate or incomplete information presented on the website.
    3. Although every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly, due to the nature of the Internet and the technology involved, CAS takes no responsibility for and will not be liable for the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues (or otherwise) beyond its control or for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of or access to, or inability to use or access this website whatsoever.
    4. Certain links in this website will lead to websites which are not under the control of CAS. When you activate these you will leave the CAS website. CAS has no control over and accepts no liability in respect of materials, products or services available on any website which is not under the control of CAS.
    5. To the extent not prohibited by law, in no circumstances shall CAS be liable to you or any other third parties for any loss or damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising directly or indirectly from your use of or inability to use, this site or any of the material contained in it.
    6. We accept no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred by you as a result of:
      1. any reliance placed by you on the completeness, accuracy or existence of any information or advertising, or as a result of any relationship or transaction between you and any advertiser or sponsor whose advertising appears on the Website or in the CAS Member Content;
      2. any changes which we may make to the Website or CAS Member Content, or for any temporary interruptions in the provision of the Website or CAS Member Content;
      3. the deletion of, corruption of, or failure to store, any CAS Member Content and other communications data maintained or transmitted by or through your use of the Website;
      4. your failure to provide us with accurate account information;
    7. Browse our community forums and blogs but be aware that the opinions expressed by these authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of CAS. CAS is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by members or in relation to any comments that are posted. You should bear in mind that circumstances change and that information that may have been accurate at the time of posting will not necessarily remain so. CAS will not tolerate defamatory or libellous material, obscene content and abusive or intimidating comments. CAS may monitor all member contributions on this website and may remove any material from the website at its sole discretion, without warning and without prejudice to any other accrued rights.
    8. These disclaimers and exclusions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.
    9. Liability is not limited by the above disclaimers in relation to death or personal injury arising from negligence on the part of CAS.
    10. Whilst precautions are taken to detect computer viruses and ensure security, CAS cannot guarantee that the website is virus-free and secure. CAS shall not be liable for any loss or damage which may occur as a result of any virus or breach of security.
    11. Whilst making every attempt to secure personal data, CAS cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond the control of the CAS.
  4. Use of cookies
    1. Some of our web pages use cookies. A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are.
    2. When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.
    3. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help this website analyse how users use the site.
    4. Disabling/ Enabling Cookies
      1. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you will not be able to login to the website if cookies are disabled. You can also manually remove cookies from your system. For more information on disabling and enabling cookies you should search for or lookup ‘Cookies’ in your Operating System Documentation.
    5. Cookies set by us
      1. When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.
      2. Cookies set by us include: '_greenroom3_session' and 'auth_token'
  5. Data protection
    1. CAS recognises that your privacy is important to you. BCS and its subsidiaries e.g. CAS are registered with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998, and is committed to respecting your online privacy. We will apply appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information you share with us. The information you submit will be kept confidential and with the highest standards of security once it reaches our server. The information you provide will be entered onto a database and processed by CAS in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
    2. Any personal information provided by you to CAS through your registration and use of this website will only be used for the following purposes by CAS:
      1. updating and enhancing membership records and those of other related CAS activities;
      2. defining areas of interest to you and improving the website to meet users’ habits and requirements and compiling information relating to users’ movements across the website; and/or
      3. advising you of other products or services, which may be of interest;
    3. Any personal information received from you will be retained by CAS and will not be sold or passed on to any third party commercial organisation. Disclosure may be given where required by law. We shall also give you the opportunity to remove yourself from our mailing list at any time.
    4. Some of our web pages use cookies and other tracking technologies (please see Use of Cookies). By proceeding to register with this website, you consent to the terms and conditions contained herein and to CAS processing your personal data for the purposes set out above.
    5. This data protection and privacy policy statement relates solely to the information provided by you to CAS on this website. This information includes your registration details, any additional information you choose to submit and the information CAS gathers by tracking your movements across the website.
    6. When registering for membership of the CAS community and thus have access to our online forums and other services you will choose a password for access to these services. The services and information available to you will be governed by the relationship you have with us.
    7. This privacy policy is not intended to, and does not, create any contractual or other legal rights.
    8. You agree to indemnify and to keep CAS indemnified from and against any costs, claims, demands, expenses and liabilities suffered by CAS arising from or which is directly or indirectly related to your access to and/or use of the website and/or any other person or entity’s use of the website where such person or entity was able to access the website using your password.
  6. Registration and accounts
    1. Any Visitor can view the CAS Community Site, but in order to participate fully in all activities on the CAS Community Site and take part in the discussions, view and download resources marked as non-public and post events, you must register for a personal account on the Website (a “CAS Member Account”) by providing your real name, an email address, password, location and a real photo of yourself.
    2. In setting up your CAS Member Account, you may be prompted or required to enter additional information, including but not limited to your gender, date of birth and institution. Additional information may also be required to confirm your identity before your CAS Member Account can be approved.
    3. You undertake to us that all information provided by you in relation to your CAS Member Account is and will be accurate, current and complete at all times and that you will maintain and update your information to keep it accurate, current and complete.
    4. You acknowledge that if any information provided by you in relation to your CAS Member Account is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to and use of the Website and your membership of the CAS Website.
  7. Institutional membership of CAS
    1. Educational institutions such as schools and universities are allowed to join CAS.
    2. Each institution will have at least one named lead contact who will be a CAS Member and bound by the terms and conditions pertaining to that membership.
    3. Each institution agrees to ensure their details are accurate and kept up to date, e.g. You undertake to us that all information provided by you in relation to your institutional account for which you are the named lead contact is and will be accurate, current and complete at all times and that you will maintain and update your information to keep it accurate, current and complete.
    4. You acknowledge that if any information provided by you in relation to your institutional membership is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to and use of the Website and your membership of the CAS Website.
  8. Your content
    1. We do not claim ownership of any content you may submit or make available for inclusion on the Website or CAS Member Content.
    2. With respect to any content you submit to us (including but not limited to resources, posts and comments for inclusion on the Website and CAS Member Content or that is otherwise made available to us, you grant both us and the University of Kent an irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to use, host, store, distribute, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, publish, perform and publicly display such content on the Website and Online Forum, Resources and event Notifications with the right to sublicense such rights, for any purpose associated with the provision of the Website and CAS Member Content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, and improving the CAS Community Site. This license continues even if you stop using the CAS Community Site.
    3. We reserve the right to remove any content from the website without prior notice at any time and for any reason.
    4. To the extent that you provide any content, you represent and warrant that:
      1. you have all necessary rights, licences and/or clearances to provide such content and permit us to use and publish such content as provided in paragraph 9.1 and 9.2 above;
      2. all such content is accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief;
      3. as between you and us, you are responsible for the payment of any third party fees related to the provision, publication and use of such content; and
      4. such use and/or publication of your content does not and will not infringe or misappropriate any third party rights or constitute a fraudulent statement or misrepresentation.
    5. With respect to the submission of your resources or other content to the resource repository hosted by this website you are granting a no-cost worldwide licence in perpetuity to other CAS members and their teaching colleagues to re-use that material under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Licence, unless explicitly stated otherwise. If you make resources public, where any alternate licence is applied that application will be made explicit by you as part of that resource and you will ensure that it covers no cost re-use (preferably including adaption) for non-profit educational purposes.
    6. With respect to any submissions of CAS Member Content, you agree to comply with all applicable laws including but not limited to laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the country in which you reside.
    7. The Website provides you with the ability to post comments and replies, take part in group discussions, upload resources or send similar messages and communications to other Registered CAS Members and/or us. You agree to use communication methods available on the Website and/or the CAS Member Content only to send communications and materials related to the subject matter for which we provided the communication method, and you further agree that all such communications by you are subject to and governed by these Terms.
    8. By using any of the communications methods available on the Website and/or the CAS Member Content, you agree that:
      1. all communications methods constitute public, and not private, means of communication between you and the other party or parties;
      2. most content will be reactively moderated if flagged by CAS Registered Members or Visitors but we reserve the right to pre-review or post-review any content you submit to ensure that it complies with generally acceptable standards of communication where the following types of language/behaviour is prohibited: swearing, using obscene, offensive or otherwise harmful language, posting defamatory remarks and other types of communication that, in our reasonable opinion, should be prohibited;
      3. You acknowledge and agree that the services set out in paragraphs 9.5 to 9.8 above may be monitored for quality control purposes and that the information or material provided as part of the services is included within these Terms and is provided for educational purposes only;
      4. All CAS discussion posts are private to the CAS Community; it is not permissible to quote, paraphrase, forward or cite any comments made by CAS members outside the forum. Please refer to the posting guidelines.
      5. We reserve the right to remove any CAS Member Content which may be regarded as malpractice as required by Awarding Organisations (see Resource Guidelines).
  9. Use of your data and content for research
    1. We carry out studies of member activities and content for academic research, to understand the online community experience, and to improve our content.
    2. All research studies by us are subject to a code of research ethics. This includes a commitment to maintaining all data that can identify learners in secure locations and only to conduct research on anonymised data. We will not sell or give to any other party data that identifies individual Registered CAS Members.
    3. You consent that we may conduct research studies that include anonymised data of your interactions with the website.
    4. Where the research requires disclosure of specific content, we will seek permission from the CAS Member(s) so that he or she can be acknowledged under the terms of the licence in section 7.10.
    5. Any ethnographic or other research on the CAS Online community other than compositional studies, including longitudinal studies, must be approved in advance by the CAS Board.
  10. Linking to other sites
    1. The Website may contain links to pages on other websites (“Linked Sites”), and those Linked Sites may contain content or offer products and/or services for sale.
    2. We do not author, edit, control, or monitor these Linked Sites. You acknowledge and agree that:
      1. we have no responsibility for the accuracy or availability of information provided by Linked Sites, and
      2. we do not control or endorse the sponsors of such Linked Sites or the content, products, advertising or other materials presented on such Linked Sites.
    3. We may remove any links to Linked Sites from the Website at any time for any reason.
    4. We will not be liable for any transactions conducted by you with third parties through any Linked Site or for any liability arising from any representations or information provided on such Linked Sites.
    5. We appreciate that Linked Sites may contain material in which the operator of the Linked Sites has intellectual property rights. We respect those rights and provide the links for information purposes only. The fact that we have linked to any Linked Site does not create or imply any relationship or partnership between us and the operator of such Linked Site.
  11. Changes to the Website and these Terms
    1. We may update or amend these Terms from time to time to comply with law or to meet our changing business requirements, without notice to you. Any updates or amendments will be posted on the Website. In addition, we reserve the right to modify, suspend or discontinue all of the CAS Member Content with or without notice to you and we will not be liable to you or any third party for any such modifications, suspension or termination. By continuing to use the Website, you agree to be bound by the terms of these updates and amendments.
  12. Governing Law
    1. These Terms and the relationship between you and us are governed by English law.
    2. For any dispute between you and us, you agree that you will first attempt to resolve it with us informally. In the unlikely event that we are unable to resolve the dispute in this manner within 28 days of the dispute being notified in writing we both agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England to resolve any legal matter arising from these Terms and the relationship between you and us.
    3. Notwithstanding paragraph 13.2, you agree that we are permitted to apply for injunctive remedies (or other types of urgent interim relief) in any jurisdiction at any time.
  13. Other important terms
    1. If any of these Terms are found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the rest of these Terms remain in full force and effect.
    2. Only you and we are entitled to enforce these Terms. No third party is entitled to enforce any of these Terms, whether by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.
    3. We may freely transfer or assign any portion of our rights or delegate our obligations under these Terms. You are not entitled to transfer or assign, by operation of law or otherwise, any portion of your rights or delegate your obligations under these Terms without our prior written consent.
    4. These Terms, the Privacy Policy and the Cookies Policy set out the entire agreement between you and us and replace any and all prior terms, conditions, warranties and/or representations to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any delay or failure by us to exercise any right we may have under these Terms does not constitute a waiver by us of that right.