We respect the privacy of our website users. Doubly so, as many of them may be your students or children. Here's how we do it...
We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If, for some reason, we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Sparky Teaching may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 11th April 2010 and was last updated on 13th August 2014.
We recognise that as Sparky Teaching is used by pupils as well as teachers, we have a specific duty of care to them. Those behind Sparky Teaching have 10 years classroom experience and have been fully CRB-checked (CRB numbers provided on request). We don't display any information submitted by children unless it is part of our established activities (e.g. answers to 365 Things, 10-word story). Even then, any submissions that are displayed are attributed to first names only (class and school if provided).
We never e-mail children directly.
We don't display images of pupils on the site without first obtaining prior permission.
We don't pass on any pupil information to any external source and, in fact, apart from displaying work on our pages, we don't keep the information ourselves either.
In many ways, this is the most important section of this document. If you are a teacher or parent and you have any questions at all on this matter, please get in touch.
There are several ways we gather information about our users: from submissions to the 365 things and our Mind Map, enquiry e-mails, if you sign-up to the newsletter or purchase resources. In all of these cases, we may collect the following information:
- your name
- your e-mail address
- demographic information (such as school or postcode)
So, what do we use this information for?
- internal record keeping
- to improve our products and services
We only send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting to those who have signed up to our Sparky Newsletter
Apart from promoting our own resources, Sparky Teaching is an ad-free zone.
All words and images used by us on the website are monitored carefully so that is is suitable for a classroom audience. Any blog comments featuring unsuitable language or personal details are left unpublished.
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest which we deem suitable for an educational website to link to. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
All transactions are carried out via Paypal's secure checkout and are subject to their own rigorous security policy.
If you have any questions about the above policy, e-mail contact[at]sparkyteaching.com
As mentioned above, Sparky Teaching have primary teaching and speech & language therapy backgrounds. As such, we feel our 'in loco parentis' responsibilities just as much now as when we were in the classroom and we'd be happy to help with any queries you may have.