1. Data Protection
Information referring to individuals contained on this website is personal data subject to the requirements of data protection legislation. Some of the information may be sensitive personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.
The National Union of Teachers is fully committed to the protection of personal data in accordance with the relevant statutory requirements for the protection of its members. Personal data on this site is available for viewing, downloading and other processing only in strict compliance with the legislation and the terms of the Union's data protection licence. It may not be used otherwise than for the purposes of the National Union of Teachers.
Any enquiries about the legal requirements may be made in writing to the Union's Senior Solicitor at Union Headquarters, Hamilton House Mabledon Place London WC1H 9BD.Enquiries about the terms of the Union's data protection licence may be made in writing to the Assistant Secretary, Membership and Communications at the same address.
1a. Use of personal information
On joining the NUT, you provide personal information to us about yourself including, of course, some information which is legally regarded as “sensitive” – such as Union membership itself. The Union is advanced in the use of electronic technology and we hold members’ data on computerised records. It has, as you would expect, appropriate levels of security. Part of your membership agreement with the Union is that we are authorised to process your data. This formal statement, issued under Data Protection legislation, informs you of the purposes for which we process the information held about you.
The information we hold will help develop and assist with a range of Union-based activities related to the running of the NUT, including the maintenance of records; implementing the Union’s policies; assisting with employment disputes; elections; ballots; group insurance claims; injury claims; casework; Union training; professional development; activities in relation to negotiation, representation, the internal democracy of the NUT, and the statistical profiling of sensitive data; and other benefits for members, dependants and supporters and as covered in our ‘notification’ to the Information Commissioner, as required under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. For individuals enquiring about membership and/or previous members, the information will be held for a reasonable period to contact you about our services.
The data may also be used for communicating with members, including sending you copies of the Union’s magazine, ‘The Teacher’. As this contains commercial advertising, you do have the right to refuse it by informing the Membership and Subscriptions Department. Please note that this may then mean you will not receive valuable information about NUT activities, developments and policies which are reported and covered in ‘The Teacher’.
Subject to appropriate internal authorisations, your data may be made available to Union employees at Headquarters and regional offices and to constituent associations of the NUT. It may also be made available to other organisations associated with the NUT, including agents, contractors and other service providers not inviting commercial dealings with you. Where, occasionally, the NUT uses the services of such organisations they are contractually obliged to process your data in a secure and confidential manner under our strict instructions.
From time-to-time, we may wish to use the information, together with any other, for analysis and/or marketing purposes in respect of services offered to you by special arrangement with the NUT. In particular, this may benefit you, as the NUT can use your collective bargaining strength to negotiate attractive terms for the provision of a wide range of additional member benefits. This includes credit cards; personal loans; motor, general and other insurances; building society services; products and services subject to the Financial Services Acts; and such other products and services as may be negotiated from time-to-time to be accessible by NUT members. If you do not wish to be contacted in relation to these products and services, please inform the Membership and Subscriptions Department.
Please note that this will preclude you from receiving details of any of these additional membership benefits and offers.
1b. Equalities data
Information held in respect of ethnic or racial origin, disability, sexual orientation or transgender status will remain confidential on NUT files for monitoring and other relevant and appropriate purposes. While it is not a requirement of membership that such information be provided, it enables the NUT to provide members sharing particular equality characteristics with information that may be of interest to them, including for the purposes of elections to the NUT’s Executive.
1c. Cookies policy
Our website uses a number of cookies that do not store any personal information but assist only with your experience of our website during your access to it for a particular session, for example to store your preferences on font size or to keep chosen menus open for you. Anyone who visits our website, whether members or others, will have these cookies set by default but you may of course disable them if you wish to do so.
We use Google Analytics, a service that generates statistical and other information about website users by means of cookies. The following link gives further details of Google cookies: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies
In addition, we sometimes embed photo and video content from websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from such services, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Our website does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more details about them. For further information, please visit the website of the Information Commissioner at www.ico.gov.uk
1d. Further information and contact details
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you also have the right to ask for a copy of your information for which there may be a small administrative charge and to request correction of any incorrect information.
Please note that in order to make sure we follow your instructions correctly and to improve our service to you through proper training of our staff, we may monitor or record communications. If you wish to contact us about this statement and/or the processing of your information, please do so in writing giving your full name, address and NUT membership number to: Data Protection (Fair Collection), Membership and Subscriptions Department, NUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD.
2. Publication of unlawful material
The owner and manager of this website is the National Union of Teachers. It is a requirement of the Union that users and contributors to the site should avoid securing publication on the site of any material which may constitute libel, incitement to unlawful acts or otherwise be contrary to law. The Union reserves the right to manage the site in any way it considers necessary to ensure that unlawful or material which it considers to be potentially unlawful is not published or, if published, is removed from the site at the earliest opportunity.
All copyright in this website, including text and images and the NUT logo, is held by the NUT, unless specifically credited otherwise.
4. Use of website comments, discussions
Comment sections, forums, blogs and any current or future facility on the NUT website that allows for comment and discussion from and between members and staff, are designed to exchange information and share expertise. They do not constitute official NUT policy or statements and NUT staff do not contribute to these. If you require advice from the NUT, please contact your regional/Wales office. The NUT reserves the right to remove, in full or part any entry, on the decision of the General Secretary.
5. Local websites
The National Union of Teachers is a federation of local teachers' associations. They and the "Divisions" into which they are grouped have some autonomy within the Union's overall democratic structure and have responsibility for the content of their own websites. It follows that views and opinions expressed on NUT Local Association and Division sites accessible through the links by the contact map, are not necessarily the views and opinions of the National Union approved by its National Executive or by its National Conference.