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DfE Copyright Deals Make Licensing for Schools Simpler

31st March 2015

The Department for Education have just issued two press releases regarding their continued support for centralising the payment of licence fees for funded schools’ copyright licences in England. Centralised payment of fees due from funded schools in England for the ERA Licence has been in place since 1 April 2014.


ERA Licence fees for funded schools in England will continue to be paid centrally for the licence year commencing 1 April 2015. Schools will be sent information about the terms of the ERA Licence through the CEFM and will be required to observe these terms.

One of the DfE press releases quotes Schools’ Minister David Laws:

“Day in, day out, teachers across the country are working phenomenally hard to help children reach their full potential.

We want to do all we can to support them to reduce the burden of unnecessary tasks so they can channel their resources into what is most important – educating young people.

The simplifying of copyright licensing in schools is another example of this, giving schools across the country the freedom to work on raising attainment levels further while saving millions of pounds.”


For inspiration on how best to use your ERA Licence, visit our Case Studies pages. For broader information about the licence – our booklet is available in both English and Welsh.


For information on DfE’s support for a range of copyright licences relevant to schools, please refer to these two press releases:

  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/copyright-deals-will-cut-red-tape-and-save-schools-65-million
  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-get-4-million-boost-from-copyright-deals