This website forms part of the Barefoot computing project (“Barefoot”) and is run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (“BCS”).

This privacy notice aims to provide you with information on how BCS processes your personal data when you visit and use our website.


Important information and who we are
BCS is the controller and is responsible for your personal data.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice or our data protection practices please contact [email protected].


Third-party links
This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


Data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (known as anonymous data).

We may collect, use transfer and store the following personal data about you:

  • Identity data (name, emails address);
  • Organisation data (data relating to which school/organisation you work for);
  • Data relating to your attendance at events organised by Barefoot;
  • Technical data: includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, and other technology on the devices you use to access our website;
  • Usage data: includes information about how you use our website, products and services; and
  • Marketing and communications data: includes your preferences in receiving marketing from Barefoot, our third parties and your communication preferences.


How your personal data is collected

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

Direct interactions: In order to access our free materials, you need to complete a registration process. As part of the registration process you will give us your Identity data, Organisation data and data relating to your attendance at events organised by Barefoot.

Automated technologies or interactions: As you use our website, we will automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.

Third parties: We will receive personal data about you from various third parties as set out below:

  • Analytics providers (such as Google);
  • Advertising networks;


How we use your personal data
We use this information to provide you with access to our materials and carry out administration, statistical analysis and reporting on how our website is used.

We will only send you information by email if you have ticked the the ‘I would like to receive information and updates from Barefoot by email’ box during the registration process, or if you have requested a Barefoot workshop.

If you would like to update your preference or to unsubscribe, you can do so by logging in and going to ‘My Account Settings’. To unsubscribe, simply untick the ‘I would like to receive information and updates from Barefoot by email’ box.


How we share your personal data
Barefoot's resources play an integral part in supporting primary school teachers through the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) in England. This is managed by a consortium formed of BCS and its partners, STEM Learning Limited and Raspberry Pi Foundation (the “Consortium Partners”). BCS may be obliged to share your registration data and the date of events you may have attended with Consortium Partners in order to fulfil its legal obligations and to offer you additional professional development support and further resources to help you deliver first class computing education to your pupils. Such data will ultimately be shared with the Department for Education as part of the NCCE contractual commitments.

We do not share this information with anyone else who is not connected with Barefoot's activities or the NCCE.

For Barefoot's workshops we will send you materials, such as teacher packs, in the post. Your data will be shared with UPS or Royal Mail to facilitate the postage of such materials.

Your data will not be

  • sold or passed on to any other third-party commercial organisation; or
  • transferred outside the European Economic Area.


Your legal rights:
You have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Those rights are set out in BCS’ privacy notice which can be found at: https://www.bcs.org/legal-and-privacy-notices/data-privacy-policy/

If you have any questions regarding our privacy notice or the use of your information, you can email [email protected]

We use cookies on our website so that you are able to log on to view our materials and we can analyse how our site is being used. They do not identify you personally (but do distinguish you from other users) and they enable us to improve our website.

A cookie is a text-only string of information that, if you agree, a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. These include similar technologies such as web beacons and pixels.

By using our website you are agreeing that we can use cookies in accordance with this policy.


1. Types of cookies used by us

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • Analytical or performance cookies: These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies: These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, English or Welsh language). They include a session cookie which we will send to you when you log in to our secure area. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave our website. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of our website.
  • Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information for our internal marketing purposes to make our website and the material we make available to you more relevant to your specific interests. These include pixels which enable us to assess the effectiveness of campaigns, track conversions from Facebook ads and optimize ads.

You can find further details on the individual cookies that we use on our website by using our cookie preference tool.


2. Third-Party Links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


3. Disabling/ Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline some or all cookies by using our cookie preference tool. In addition, you are able to modify the settings in your browser. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you will not be able to login to our website to view our materials. You can also manually remove cookies from your system.

In accessing our website, you agree:

1. to use the materials on this website only in accordance to the Open Government License

2. to use the form of the attribution statement below, in accordance with the terms of the Open Government Licence (see attribution statement below)

If you'd like to partner with Barefoot Computing please email us at [email protected]

If you register and supply your personal details to us through this website then you consent to our maintaining, recording, holding and using such personal data in accordance with our Privacy Notice.


Attribution statement

When you use this information under the Open Government Licence, you should include the following attribution:

© Barefoot ® 2020

This material is owned by Barefoot, a partnership between BT and Computing at School (part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT) which aims to help primary school teachers in the UK to deliver the computing curriculum, and is licensed under the Open Government Licence.

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The Barefoot website has been designed to be accessible to the widest possible audience.

We have worked with the Disability Accessibility Centre to achieve accreditation to confirm that this website is compliant with the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard.


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