Privacy Policy – Curriculum for Life


What is Curriculum for Life?

This website provides an advice service to help young people answer questions about navigating adult life. Young people have created it with Greater Manchester Combined Authority. It is linked to the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service (GMACS).

Who provides Curriculum for Life?

The website is provided by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Data controller

If you have any questions about how your data (information) is stored, please contact the GMCA Data Protection Officer: [email protected]

How do we collect your data?

1. Data provided by individuals for content creation purposes

We do not collect any data submitted by you through the website.

People who are named authors of advice articles and who have provided their image have given their explicit consent for their personal information to be used as agreed on the website. Similarly, anyone who is featured in original visual media, or who has an original quote ascribed to them on the website, has given their explicit consent to this. Any party who has previously consented to their personal information being on the Curriculum for Life website can withdraw this consent at any time, or update their information by emailing us at [email protected]. This will result in the adaptation or full withdrawal of the related content.

Legal reason for using your data

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful basis we rely on for processing this information is:

(a) Your consent. You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting [email protected]

2. Data collected through the website

We use cookies to track site use and to improve our service. A cookie is a simple text file stored on your device. Cookies remember data from your visit to this website but cannot be read by other websites.

This includes the pages you view, the links you click, time spent on the website, how you use the website over time, and any other actions you take. We also collect data to track general usage trends. This data is not linked to you personally. This may include your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, device type, number of clicks, how you interact with links on the website and pages viewed. We do not allow any third-party advertising networks to collect data about you. We will not sell your data. We will not share or give your data to anyone else.

Things we use to collect data through the website

We use two main tools to help make our website work:

  • Google Analytics: to monitor website performance; and
  • Jetpack: for security and performance

Data collected by these tools is anonymous so is not linked to you personally.

 Changing your cookie settings

You can change your device settings at any time to accept all cookies, to tell you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies. How you do this depends on your browser. Find out more at:

Where your cookie data is stored

To find out where your cookie data is stored, see the services we use:

  • Google Analytics
  • Jetpack

How your data will be used

We will use your data so we can:

  • comply with the law
  • investigate complaints
  • maintain our accounts and records
  • promote our services
  • fix technical problems
  • evaluate the service
  • improve and plan future services

We may publish reports using anonymised data. The reports will not identify you or any other individual users.


Keeping your data safe

Your data will be kept safe. If you have submitted personal information to us as part of work for Curriculum for Life, we will hold it securely. We don’t hold any other personal data, but the data we collect for website performance is held on secure servers by our partners in line with security best practices. The Curriculum for Life server complies with a number of data security standards.


How long will we keep your data?

Curriculum for Life is designed to be current. For this reason, anyone’s personal information (names and visual media) featured on the website will be removed after a maximum of five years as the content is refreshed. The information that we hold to improve and evaluate our service is held as statistical data. This means that we are not able to identify individual people from this data.


Transferring your data outside of the European Union (EU)

Your data will not be stored outside of the EU.


Your data rights

You have various data rights. You can:

  • ask for copies of your data
  • raise concerns if you think your data is not being used or looked after in the right way
  • make sure your data is accurate and up to date
  • ask for a copy of your data in a digital format, for example as a csv file. You can also ask for your data to be transferred to another organisation.


To make a query or a complaint

If you feel your data is not being used correctly, please contact your school first. If you are not happy doing this, you can email: [email protected] or write to:

Data Protection Officer


Broadhurst House

56 Oxford Street


M1 6EU


Please say you are asking about the use of your data within Curriculum for Life.

You can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you think ICO rules or laws have been broken. Visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website (Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)) for more details.

We may track and record communication (internet, email and telephone calls) with us to help sort out complaints. This also helps us to prevent and detect crime.