Privacy policy

This privacy notice explains how the Department for Education (DfE) uses your personal data when you use ‘Find a teaching school hub’.

Lawful basis for processing your personal data

When you use ‘Find a teaching school hub’, DfE is the data controller for your personal data.

Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is ‘public task’ (article 6(1)(e) UK GDPR). This means that we use your data to carry out a task in the public interest, and our duty to do so is laid down by law.

Under section 10 of the Education Act 1996, the Secretary of State for the Department for Education has a duty to ‘promote the education of the people of England and Wales’. ‘Find a teaching school hub’ contributes to this.

We also ask for your consent for our use of Google Analytics cookies.

Data we collect

We collect your Internet Protocol (IP) address when you use this service.

How we use your data and how long we keep it

We use your IP address to:

  • identify security and privacy threats to the service
  • make sure the service is working correctly
  • help us fix technical problems

We keep your IP address for no longer than 90 days for these purposes.

If you consent to our use of Google Analytics cookies, we can also use your IP address to analyse how you use the service - but we do not identify you personally when we do this. Using your data this way allows us to:

  • improve the service
  • inform DfE work or policy

We keep your IP address for no longer than 26 months for these purposes.

Sharing your data with data processors

If you consent to our use of Google Analytics cookies, Google will process your data on our behalf.

Your data protection rights

You have data collection rights, including the right to:

  • ask for a copy of the personal information we have about you – ‘right of access’
  • ask us to change any information you think is not accurate or complete – ‘right to rectification’
  • ask us to delete your personal information – ‘right to erasure’
  • ask us to stop using your information – ‘right to restriction of processing’
  • object to us processing your information – ‘right to object to processing’

For more information on your rights, visit the Information Comissioner’s Office website.

Ask for access to your personal data

You can ask for access to your personal data. This is known as a subject access request.

Contact DfE to make a subject access request.

How to contact us or make a complaint

Contact DfE online or write to our data protection officer at:

Emma Wharram Data Protection Officer
Department for Education (B2.28)
7 and 8 Wellington Place
Wellington Street

You can also contact the Information Comissioner’s Office online or write to them at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

DfE standards

Visit DfE’s personal information charter to see the standards you can expect when we use your personal data.

Last updated

This privacy notice was last updated on 3 October 2023.

Visit this page from time to time as we may update this information.