What does the CLA further education licence permit?

The licence provides annual blanket permissions to copy and reuse content from print and digital publications.

  • Make copies from books, magazines, journals, and websites.
  • Share copies with students and staff.
  • Use copies with digital whiteboards, VLEs, and presentation software programs.
  • Copy up to one article, chapter, short story, or poem or 5% of the total, whichever is greater.
  • Access to digital tools, extending the value of the licence.
  • Copy publications from the UK plus 38 international territories.

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CLA is recognised by the government as the collective licensing body for reusing text and images from books, journals, and magazines.

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Further Education Licence Extensions

Get more from the CLA Licence with these extensions. We have developed Further Education specific extensions to the CLA Further Education Licence, tailored to the sector’s needs.


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Supporting tools

CLA Check Permissions Tool
Check Permissions works for all, even if you don’t have a licence. Use it to check whether the CLA licence covers an article, book, or website.
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CLA Education Platform tool
Digital resources to copy and share with students for learning and teaching. Provided for use by schools and colleges covered by the CLA Education Licence
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Making the most of your licence

Useful links

Licence documents

See further education licence support documents.


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Further Education Licence FAQs

Find out more about the Further Education Licence coverage and how it can protect and support your organisation
The CLA Education Licence does not allow you to share copies made under the Licence with anyone outside of your organisation. Please see the user guidelines and terms and conditions of the CLA Education Licence for the definition of who is considered an authorised user.
You can make copies up to the extent limit (5% / one chapter or article) per course per academic year and per student contingent, i.e. if you want to make copies from the same book for a different course with a different set of students, the full extent limit for the publication applies again to that course and student contingent.
If the students are registered with the FE college, then the 5% / one chapter extent limit applies. The 10% / one chapter extent limit is only available to CLA Higher Education Licensees.
All state-funded schools in the UK hold the CLA Licence through central agreements with regional education bodies. Most Independent schools also hold the licence, but just check with IAPs, SCIS or CLA. We license sixth-form colleges and further education colleges directly, so just get in touch with CLA if you're unsure that your institution has the licence.
Staff and students at your school or college can receive copies made under the licence. The key thing to remember is that the copy must be secure to your institution. It should not be shared outside the school, or put on a public facing website.

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