We apply the Data Protection Act 1998 when handling any personal information. When we ask you for personal information we will keep to the law, and promise to:
make sure you know why we need it
only ask for what we need, and not to collect too much or irrelevant information
protect it and make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn’t
let you know if we share it with other organisations to give you better public services – and if you can say no
make sure we don’t keep it longer than necessary
not make your personal information available for commercial use without your permission.
To help us to keep your information reliable and up to date, please:
provide us with accurate information
tell us as soon as possible if there are any changes, such as a new address.
If you are not satisfied
If you feel Ofsted has not kept its promises about the way we handle your personal information, we ask you write to, or email, Richard McGowan. We will investigate your concerns and report back to you within 20 working days:
Head of Information Rights
London WC2B 6SE.
For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner at:
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Phone: 0303 123 1113 (or 01625 545745)
Fax: 01625 524510
Comments and questions
We may pass enquiries you send to another government department so it can fulfil your information request.
Email alerts and RSS
If you sign up to receive email alerts or an RSS feed, we will use your information only to provide the service you have requested. We may occasionally contact email alert subscribers to help us evaluate and improve the service we offer.
If you inform us you wish to cancel email alerts, we will remove you from our mailing list and your details will be deleted from our records.
Site usage information
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your computer or mobile phone. These include small files called cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.
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Cookies to enable user logins and sessions
The following cookie is used to identify your user session and help display personalised content to improve your experiece of ofsted.gov.uk
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Expires: end of session
Cookies on the Ofsted website from other websites, including social networking
During your visit to the site you may notice some cookies that are not related to the Ofsted website. This happens when you visit a page with content embedded from a third party (for example YouTube videos) or use some of the links to social networking sites (for example AddThis). These websites may place cookies on your computer.
Ofsted does not control how a third party uses its cookies. You should check these third party websites' privacy policies for more information about their cookies if you are concerned about this.
Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. Ofsted may use log file information to make improvements to the layout of the website and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around the website. Log files do not contain any personal information about you.