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. 

Anonymous Information

Like all web services, activity on the website is stored in a set of "logs", including things like pages visited, links to pages that were not found and so on. All log file information collected by the NSO is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party. These logs for the website do not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. 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 NSO Advisory Board, allowing us to measure, for example, overall popularity of the site and typical user paths through the site.

Personal Information

Some personal information is collected and stored for registered users of the NSO. This information is used solely to support your use of the NSO and will never be passed to other organisations without your explicit permission. To see what information we hold on you, make sure you are logged into the website and look at Your Account. You can change or correct the information using the Edit button on your Profile page and you can also cancel your account at any time. If you are unsure how to modify your details or you have any questions about your account, please get in touch.

As well as your registration details, the NSO website collects personal information when you login to make observations, or complete activities such as a student quiz. As with any other information about you that we have, 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.

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. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences.

Controlling Cookies

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 

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Description
Has_js This cookie is used by our website to determine if your computer has JavaScript 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.
SESS4d258d6d4d5fdc62efba8b2a4f774209 This 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.


If you have any questions or concerns about privacy and the NSO, please get in touch.