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Do I have a licence?

Most educational establishments within the United Kingdom hold an ERA Licence either paid for centrally through agreements with the Government or Local Authorities or are licensed on an individual basis by ERA or through an aggregator.

The ERA Licence allows you to copy broadcast material to use as part of a lesson.  It also allows the use of certain on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, All4, ITV Player, My5, and S4C (On Demand).  Holding an ERA licence means that an institution can not only copy but also retain broadcast material.  It allows institutions to build up libraries with valuable resources to be used when teaching.  Please visit our case studies page for ideas about how to get the best use out of broadcast material.

For further information about your institution’s licence, please see the information below.

Primary Schools

in England

All schools in England are now covered by an agreement between ERA and the Department for Education.  To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Wales

Most Local Authorities pay centrally for all schools within their remit.  The exception is Ceredigion Council where all schools are licensed individually.  To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Scotland

Most Local Authorities pay centrally for all schools within their remit.  The exception is East Dunbartonshire Council where all schools are licensed individually.  To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Northern Ireland

All schools in Northern Ireland are licensed through the Education Authority.  To obtain details about your licence please contact ERA on 020 7837 3222 or era@era.org.uk.

 


Secondary Schools

in England

All schools in England are now covered by an agreement between ERA and the Department for Education. To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Wales

Most Local Authorities pay centrally for all schools within their remit.  The exception is Ceredigion Council where all schools are licensed individually.  To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Scotland

Most Local Authorities pay centrally for all schools within their remit.  The exception is East Dunbartonshire Council where all schools are licensed individually.  To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

in Northern Ireland

All schools in Northern Ireland are licensed through the Education Authority.  To obtain details about your licence please contact ERA on 020 7837 3222 or era@era.org.uk.


Academies

Academies in England

 

Funded Schools (including Academies that are schools) in England are now covered by an agreement between ERA and the Department for Education under which licence fees are paid centrally by the Department for Education.  Relevant Funded Schools remain responsible for compliance with ERA Licence terms. To obtain details about your licence or to get a copy, please contact the Centre for Education and Finance Management (CEFM) on 01494 836235 or email era@cefm.co.uk

16-19 year old Academies do not fall within the Funded Schools definition for which fees are paid centrally by the Department for Education.

Such Academies fall to be licensed by ERA on an individual basis.  To obtain details of the status of your licence please contact ERA on 020 7837 3222 or email era@era.org.uk  


Independent Schools

in England

With effect from 1st April 2016 licences for all independent schools will be administered by CEFM as ERA’s agent.  Schools will be send information from CEFM about invoicing for licences.

in Wales

With effect from 1st April 2016 licences for all independent schools will be administered by CEFM as ERA’s agent.  Schools will be send information from CEFM about invoicing for licences.

in Scotland

All independent schools are licensed by the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS) on behalf of ERA.  For further information regarding your licence please contact SCIS or ERA.

in Northern Ireland

All independent schools are licensed individually by ERA.  Please contact ERA for further information regarding your licence.


Further Education Colleges

All FE Colleges in the UK are licensed directly by ERA. For further information about your licence please contact ERA.


Universities

All Universities in the UK are licensed directly by ERA. For further information about your licence please contact ERA.


Language Schools

Language Schools within the UK are licensed on an individual basis by ERA. Please contact us to find out if your institution has a licence.


Other types of institutions

There are some institutions that do not fit into any of the other categories. These are a wide range of different institutions including Police Training Colleges and Military Training Colleges. Please contact ERA to find out if your institution has a licence.


If you are still not sure whether you are covered by an ERA licence, you can email us era@era.org.uk or call us on 020 7837 3222. If you do not hold a licence, and your establishment is eligible for one, we will be pleased to send a licence application form to you. Schools can also contact the Centre for Education & Finance Management (CEFM) to find out about their ERA licence, and others which they may also be holding.

If your establishment holds an ERA licence directly with us (rather than through your local authority, for example), we will contact you before your licence expires to help you renew in good time. We will need you to give us certain information to enable us to prepare your renewal. You can supply this information online on this site, using the ‘Renew online’ link below.

You can find out more about what you can do with your ERA licence here.