Copyright licences for schools
Licences the Department for Education provides to schools, and where to get advice on buying additional licences.
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 and Phonographic Performance Ltd, for musical performances and playing recorded music
- The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, for making CDs and DVDs containing copyright 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.
These licences don’t cover:
- sixth-form colleges
- local-authority-maintained schools that provide only for 16- to 19-year-olds
- academies that provide only for 16- to 19-year-olds
- independent schools
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, for specific musical performances or showing films to a paying audience, you’ll need to pay for them separately.
Published: 8 April 2014
Updated: 6 July 2017
- Added local-authority-maintained schools that provide only for 16- to 19-year-olds to the list of schools that licences don't cover.
- Updated information on schools not covered by DfE licences and examples of when schools need to buy additional licences.
- Added more licences to the list of copyright licences DfE provides for schools.
- First published.