Copyright licences for schools
Licences the Department for Education provides to schools, and where to get advice on buying additional licences.
From April 2015, we provide licences from the following copyright management organisations (CMOs) for all primary and secondary state-funded schools in England:
- Copyright Licensing Agency, for print and digital copyright content in books, journals and magazines
- Schools Printed Music Licence, for printed music
- Newspaper Licensing Agency, for newspapers and magazines
- Educational Recording Agency, for recording and use of radio and television programmes
- Filmbank and Motion Picture Licensing Company, for showing of films
- Performing Right Society for Music, Phonographic Performance Ltd. and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, for playing and recording music
- Christian Copyright Licensing International, for hymns and other Christian music
These licences cover:
- local-authority-maintained schools (including maintained nurseries)
- free schools
- special schools (these are schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t attend a mainstream school)
Schools can’t opt out of these licences.
Note that the licences don’t cover sixth-form colleges or academies for 16- to 19-year-olds.
If you’d like a copy of any of the licences we cover, or any further information about them, contact the CMO that provides the licence.
While DfE covers the administration of these licences, you’re still responsible for making sure your staff members follow the terms and conditions of the licences.
If your school needs any more licences, you’ll need to pay for them separately.