Effective Date: 25 May 2018

Last Update: 09 May 2018





“We”, “Us” and “Our” means The Schools HR Co-operative Limited (“The SHRC” or “SHRC”) and should be construed accordingly.
“The Website” or “Our Website” refers to
“You” and “Your” refer to any individual accessing the website.
“The Services” or ‘Our Services” refers to any of our services which may assist you with your job search, and/or assist your recruitment needs.
“User Account” refers to any account on our website that you may register, or be registered for, in order to use certain aspects of our Services.
“Candidate” and “Job Seeker” refers to any individual interested in, or using our website and services to assist with your job search. 
“Recruiter” and “Recruiting Organisation” refers to any organisation using our services to assist with their recruitment needs. 

Put Simply: These definitions clarify how to interpret certain phrases used in our privacy policy and who we are referring to. 


1. Introduction is a website owned and operated by The Schools HR Co-operative Limited (SHRC). The SHRC is a specialist provider of education specific HR & Recruitment Solutions, we provide a range of HR-related services to schools, and recruitment related services to recruiting organisations and job seekers. Our website acts as a medium that enables us to provide such services, in part or in totality. To provide certain services and/or certain aspect of services, we must process personal data including sensitive personal data (referred to as ‘special categories of personal data’ for the purpose of this policy) – in doing so, the SHRC may act as data controller or data processer.

This privacy policy explains how we use the personal information we collect about you when you use our website, the legal basis on which we rely to collect such information, how we process, share and store your information, and what your rights are in relation to managing or removing information held by us.


Put Simply: By reading this privacy policy you can expect to understand what we do with information you share with us. 


2. What personal information we collect from you


The categories of personal information that we collect from you, are determined by your use of our website and services, registration status, and in relation to candidates/job-seekers, the recruiting organisations’ preferred recruitment process, and their choice to use our consultative services.

The categories of information that we may collect from you include:

Personal information such as name, address, telephone numbers, email address, teacher reference number, national insurance number

Special categories of personal data relating to recruitment monitoring including characteristics information such as gender, age or age-range, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability status

Special categories of personal data relating to criminal convictions such as non-protected convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings held by you, and additional information contained in any disclosure document you choose to upload to our website when submitting an online application form

Suitability and eligibility information such as your declaration confirming that you are, or are not, disqualified from working with children or young people, your response(s) to application screening questions

Education history and qualifications held including details of subject studied and/or trained in, training provider and/or educational establishment, dates of studies, grades achieved

Career and employment history including the name, address and contact information of current, most recent and previous employment, job titles held, reasons for leaving, responsibilities held, salary information, notice period, details of statutory induction completion, teaching practice and experience

Additional application information including personal statement, any additional information you volunteer to provide in support of any application submitted online or on any offline application form (e.g. recruiter’s own application form or alternative application form provided by us), availability for interviews

Job preferences for Newly Qualified Teachers including the age range you wish to teach, preference for work in faith schools, dates of forthcoming university/college holidays in relation to availability for interviews

Job email alert preferences such as whether you wish to receive job notifications by email, and the job category for which you would like to receive email notifications

Job preferences and jobs of interest relating to saved job searches and job basket  

Vacancy source information such as where you saw a particular vacancy advertised

Details of assessments such as responses to, and results of, any assessments we administer, and you complete, records relating to shortlisting/screening activity

Application history including jobs you have applied for the associated recruiting organisation, your application status

Device information such as information about the device you have used to access our website, this includes information such as the device type, operating system and hardware/ software version used, screen resolution (this information is anonymised and aggregated i.e. not personally identifiable when collected)

Network and usage information such as information about the network you use to access our website, and what content you interact with when you visit our website, this includes your IP address, the name of your internet service provider, language, time zone, country, city (this information is anonymised and aggregated i.e. not personally identifiable when collected)


Put Simply: Personal information can be placed in a number of categories. This section describes the different types of information we may collect from.



3. How we collect your personal information


This category of users includes any individual accessing our website, with or without a registered user account of any kind. We collect the following category of personal information when any user accesses our website, at any time and for any purpose:

- Device information
- Network and usage information

We collect such information from our website and through the use of cookies set by us and/or our third-party service providers. For full information our use of cookies can be found in our Cookies Policy.



When you use any services that require basic registration, we collect the following categories of personal information (in addition to any category noted under ‘General Use of Our Website’):

- Personal information
- Job preferences and jobs of interest
- Suitability and eligibility information (applicable to the online application method only)


When you use any services that require full registration we collect the following additional categories of personal information (and any category noted under ‘General Use of our Website’):

- Special categories of personal data relating to recruitment monitoring
- Special categories of personal data relating to criminal convictions
- Education history and qualifications held
- Career and employment history
- Additional application information
- Job preferences for Newly Qualified Teachers
- Job email alert preferences
- Vacancy source information
- Application history 


We collect such information from our website, when you complete and save, or submit, any registration form, application profile, or application form.


The following additional category of personal information may be collected when you use any services that require full registration AND the recruiting organisation uses SHRC Consultative Recruitment Services OR instructs us to administer any assessments on their behalf: 

- Details of assessments


We collect such information from our website when you submit an application form to an applicable vacancy, and/or through the IT system of a third-party service provider that we use for specific types of assessment.


Put Simply: We can collect different types of personal information from you when you use our website, register with us, submit forms through our website or are involved in a recruitment process that we are supporting.


4. Why we collect your personal information and how we use it



We collect anonymised statistical information on all users of our website, for the purpose of monitoring user interaction and behaviour on our website. Such information is collected and stored in the aggregate, and completely anonymised. We use this data for the following purposes: 

- to assist us in making improvements to our website and/or services
- to generate internal reports about the use of our website and/or services
- to provide our customers, advertisers, and suppliers, with statistical information



We collect the categories of personal information described, for some or all the following purposes:

- to send you essential communications regarding any changes to our services, policies, terms and conditions and complete any other administrative tasks essential to providing the services outlined in relevant Terms and Conditions
- to provide you with the services outlined in our General Terms and Additional Terms for Candidates
- to respond to any queries you raise in relation to the services we provide, or any account you hold with us
- where applicable, to provide you with relevant correspondence relating to the recruiting process for a vacancy you have applied for
- to send you email notifications regarding job vacancies, in accordance with the preferences you have expressed, and where you have provided us with your consent to do so
- to provide service to our recruiters (e.g. school employers) that enable them to complete the recruitment processes
- to detect, investigate and prevent activities that may violate our policies, and/or be in breach of any of our Terms and Conditions


Automated Decision-Making 


In some instances, we use automated decision-making. Automated decision takes place when an electronic system uses personal information provided by you, to make a decision without human intervention. We will use automated decision-making under the following circumstances:

When you attempt to apply for a vacancy which uses our online application form as the preferred application method. In this case, you will be presented with a web page titled ‘Screening Questions’ and required to provide a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response to an eligibility question, and where applicable, suitability question(s) relating to specific experience and/or qualifications that are essential requirements for the vacancy in question.

When we make an automated decision about you, you have the right to contest the decision, express your point of view, and to request a human review of any automated decision we make. You can exercise this right by contacting us using the contact details provided in section 8 of this policy. 

Put Simply: We collect your information in order to provide our services to you and communicate with you. Automated decision-making is used for online application screening questions, if you have any queries about screening questions, or wish to challenge a decision, you should contact us. We use statistical information to understand how our services are being used and to make improvements to our services. 


5. The lawful basis on which we process this information

We rely on one or more of the following grounds to legally collect and process your personal information:

Processing is necessary to fulfil a contract – We will process your personal information, where necessary, for the performance of the contract which we have with you

You have provided consent – We will process your personal information, where you have consented to us doing so. For example, we rely on your consent to send you job notifications by email. You have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. Where consent is the only legal basis for processing certain aspects of your personal information, we will cease to process that personal information if you withdraw your consent. Any such withdrawal of consent will not affect the lawfulness of any prior use of that personal information, before the date of withdrawal.

It is in our legitimate interests and these interests do not override your data protection rights -  We may process certain aspects of your personal information, when it is in our legitimate interests to do so, and where these interests do not override your data protection rights. Our Legitimate Interests include:

Internal analysis and statistical reporting (of anonymised and aggregated data) based on the services we provide and our performance of those services


Put Simply: We can only process information if we have legal grounds to do so, and these are our legal grounds.

6. How we store your information and how long we retain it


We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from unauthorised access, accidental loss, destruction and/or damage.

All personal information that we collect from you is, where possible, stored and processed inside the European Union (EU. There are certain circumstances, which require us to transfer certain aspects of your personal data outside of the EU, in such circumstances, we take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal information transferred, is not excessive (we will only transfer information that is essential for the provision of service), is treated securely, and in accordance with this privacy policy and the data protection legislation.

Transfer of personal data outside of the EU

We use third-party service providers outside of the EU for the following aspects of our services:

- Email communications relating to Job Notification Email Alerts
- Administrative notifications associated with our services and/or the recruitment process (e.g. automated email notifications from the SHRC website)
- Analytics information relating to our website traffic and usage
- Optimisation of our websites performance

Countries outside of the EU may not have the same level and standard of data protection legislation that is applicable to countries within the EU. We will only transfer your personal information to non-EU based third-party service providers where:

- The third-party service provider is in a non-EU country that is recognised by the European Commission as a country that provides an adequate level of protection for personal data; or,
- The third-party service provider is based in the United States (U.S.) and can certify that it complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission, to ensure the transference of personal data, complies with data protection requirements. 



We will only keep your personal information for as long as we reasonably require it to provide our services. Our data retention periods are determined by the type of personal information we hold, and why we hold this information. Any personal information we retain is held in accordance with the principles of data protection legislation, other relevant applicable legislation, and operational retention needs.




User Account and Application Profile – Retained until our provision of service ceases or you request deletion of your account.

Personal information that you provide to us for the purpose of holding a user account and/or application profile will be retained until it is no longer necessary to provide our services or until you request that we delete your account, whichever occurs first.

Application Forms, Recruitment Related Notifications and Correspondence – Retained for a period of twelve (12) months.

Personal information relating to application forms you have submitted, and/or any recruitment related notifications and correspondence, processed by us on behalf of a recruiting organisation, are retained by us for twelve (12) months from date of submission (application forms) or the date sent (notification/correspondence).


Put Simply: In most cases your information is stored and processed in the European Union (EU) but some aspects of our services require us to transfer some of your information outside of the EU. We take care to make sure your information is treated securely in all cases. We will not retain your information for longer than necessary and we have defined retention periods, where appropriate, to make you aware of how long we keep your information.



7. Who we share your information with and why we share it


Personal information provided to us by you, is not shared with third parties unless it is necessary for us to do so for the purpose of the performance of contracts for our services, or we are permitted to do so with your consent, or required to do so by law or in line with our policies. In such cases, we may make personal information available to:


In the course of our business to assist you in job seeking related activities, your personal information is transferred to recruiting organisations (e.g. employing schools) whenever you apply for a vacancy, related to a specific organisation, through our website and/or services. Such information comprises all personal data that you have provided to us, on any application form you submit.

It is important to note that, when you submit an application form, for a vacancy advertised by a recruiting organisation, the personal information you supply, is transferred to the recruiter who then become the data controller for that information. This means the recruiting organisation becomes responsible for your personal data and determine how it will be processed, in line with that organisation’s privacy and data protection policies; therefore our privacy policy, no longer governs how the information held by that organisation is controlled. This applies to all information contained in any application form you submit including, ‘special categories of personal data relating to criminal convictions but excluding ‘special categories of personal data relating to recruitment monitoring’.

Personal information relating to’ special categories of personal data relating to recruitment monitoring’ if shared, is provided in aggregated form and completely anonymised (e.g. not individually identifiable).

The following categories of personal information are never shared with recruiting organisations:

- Job preferences and jobs of interest
- Application history (related to vacancies that are not associated with the recruiter’s own organisation)


Certain aspects of personal information you provide to us may be shared with third party providers who assist us in carrying out business activities, and enable us to provide and deliver those services. Our third-party service providers include:

- IT Systems and Website Support Service Providers
- Email Delivery Service Providers (including those outside the EU who comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework)
- Data Storage and Hosting Service Providers
- Recruitment Assessment Providers



In certain circumstances we may disclose your personal information to other third parties such as governmental authorities, law enforcement agencies and data protection regulators, if we are required to do so by law.


Put Simply: In the course of providing our services to you, we will need to share some aspects of your personal information. This section explains who we may share information with.

8. What rights you have for accessing and removing this information 

Under data protection legislation you have certain rights relating to the information we hold on you.

Accessing to your information

You have the right to request access to information about you that we hold. To request such information, you will need to make a Subject Access Request (SAR). All SARs are processed in accordance with our Subject Access Request Policy.

Rectifying your information

You have the right to amend or delete any information that we hold on you that you believe is inaccurate. You can rectify information held in your Application Profile / User Account by Signing In or by contacting us.

If you believe any other information we hold on you is inaccurate e.g. an application form you have submitted, you will need to contact us.

Object to your information being processed for direct marketing purposes

You have the right to withdraw your consent to receive communications from us relating to non-essential services. This currently relates to the following aspect of services offered by us:

- Job Notifications by Email

If you have consented to receiving these communications, you can withdraw your consent at any time by Signing In to your account and amending your Job Email Alert preferences or by contacting us.  

Deleting your information

You have the right to close any account you hold with us at any time, and have us delete all of your personal information. To request closure of your account and/or removal of all personal information we hold on you, please contact us.  

Reporting concerns

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we ask that your raise you concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at:


Further information and how to contact us

If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, or contact us about the information we hold on you, please contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO):

By email: [email protected]
In writing at: Data Protection Officer, The Schools HR Co-operative Ltd, Unit 1 Britannia Court, The Green, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 7PN


Put Simply: Data protection legislation gives you rights to access and manage the personal information that we hold on you. If you have any enquiries or requests relating to your personal information, please contact us and we would be happy to help.


9. Other websites and other data controllers


This privacy policy applies to this website only. When you visit other websites and/or provide your data to other data controllers you should review their own privacy policy.


Put Simply: Our privacy policy applies to our website only. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of other websites, or other data controllers.


10. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We review this privacy policy regularly and reserve the right to make changes at any time to reflect changes to business and legal requirements. We place updates on this webpage, please refer to the ‘Last Update’ date at the top of this Privacy Policy to see when this policy was last revised.


Put Simply: We may need to change this policy from time to time, if we do, we’ll post an updated version on this page.




1. What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your browsing experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the website functionality.

For more general information on cookies see


2. How We Use Cookies

We use two types of cookies on our website: cookies we set ( and cookies set by third parties (i.e. other website and services).

We set our own cookies to help you stay signed in to your account while using the services we provide on our website, and to tailor information to your site preferences.

We use cookies set by third party providers to optimise the performance of our website and better understand how the features and functions of our site are used, so that we can improve our services.

As in most cases, there are no industry standard options for disabling all cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to the website. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies, if you are not sure whether you need them or not, in case their purpose is to aid the provision of a service that you may wish to use.


3. Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this).

Please be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this website and usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features. Key functions and features that you will not be able to use, if you disable cookies on this website, include:

- Registering for an account on our website
- Signing in to an account on our website
- Applying for jobs on our website


4. Cookies Set by SHRC

Account related cookies

If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out, however, in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.


Login related cookies

We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page on our website. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

Form related cookies

When you submit data to us through a form, such as those found on contact pages, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

Site preferences cookies

In order to provide you with a great experience on this website, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page that is affected by your preferences.


5. Third Party Cookies


In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google Analytics is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web helping us to understand how you use the site, and ways that we can improve your experience.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

For further information on how google uses data collected from its partners site please follow this link: 

You can prevent the setting of third party cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Alternatively, to opt out of Google Analytics please go to the following link: 

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google, in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

If you choose to disable third party cookies, this may also affect your ability to access the full features and functions of this website.


6. List of Cookies

Please see the list below for details of cookies used on our website:


Cookie name




This cookie is necessary for security features on our website. It is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.

When session ends



Google Analytics Performance. This is one of the 5 main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviourand measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It is used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update


Google Analytics Performance. This is one of the 5 main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin.

End of browser session


Google Analytics Performance. This is one of the 5 main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months from set/update.


Google Analytics Performance. This is one of the 5 main cookies set by the Google Analytics service used to throttle request rate.

10 minutes


Google Analytics Performance.  This is one of the 5 main cookies set by the Google Analytics service used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

30 mins from set/update


Website performance. This cookie is strictly necessary for CKFinder File manager, wysiwyg editing tools and uploader developed by to work

When session ends


Website performance. Default Expiration Time End of browser session. PHP uses this method to keep track of sessions. If cookies are enabled, it uses them.

When session ends


7.Cookies on Other Websites


Our website may contain links to other websites which are owned and controlled by a third party. These external websites may use cookies not set or managed by us, and different from those we use on our website.


8. More Information


If you would like more information, then please contact us.