Privacy Policy

How we use your information

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) collects information from you. 

All log file information collected by the NSO is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party. This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. 

Anonymous Information

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for our webpages. Analysis of these log files is used to monitor website usage. These analyses are made to available to the NSO staff and members of the board, allowing us to measure, for example, overall popularity of the site and typical user paths through the site.

Personal Information

The NSO website collects personal information when you login to make observations, or complete activities such as a student quiz. This information is stored solely for the purpose of taking part in the NSO and is not passed on to other organisations or used for other purposes.

Taking Control Yourself

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit please be aware though, if you disable all cookies from working on this site, it may not work as expected (I.e. staying logged in, storing quiz results, etc) 

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit  

Data Protection and Confidentiality

Some services on this website require us to collect personal information from you. To comply with the Data Protection Act, we have a duty to tell you how we store the information we collect and how it is used. Any information you do submit will be stored securely and will never be passed on or sold to any third party.

Use of cookies by the NSO

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.


Cookie NameDescription
Has_jsThis cookie is used by our website to determine if your computer has JacaScript available so you can use some of the features of this website. This is an essential cookie to the operation of the site that is always set and does not store any personal information.
SESS4d258d6d4d5fdc62efba8b2a4f774209This is a simple cookie used by our website to identify your unique session on the website. Typically used to maintain the integrity of your session while transacting information with a website (accessing secure areas, forms submissions etc). This is an essential cookie to the operation of the site, by agreeing to use the logged in sections of the website you have already agreed to allow us to store this cookie.


Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither CIVIC or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information. These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.