Terms of use

Licensing information and terms of use for LEANS resource release version 1.0, June 2022.

Download the terms of use as a PDF or read them below. If you are downloading the full resource pack, this information appears in full, as Appendix D of the handbook. 

LEANS terms of use (135.79 KB PDF)



Licensing information and terms of use for LEANS resource release version 1.0, June 2022

©2022, The LEANS Team. Alyssa Alcorn, Sue Fletcher-Watson, Sarah McGeown, Fergus Murray, Dinah Aitken, Liam Peacock, & William Mandy assert their right to be identified as the authors of this handbook and associated downloadable materials.  

Illustrations ©Claire Hubbard 2022 


The handbook and associated LEANS materials are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. 

You are free to: 


Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.  The LEANS team cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms below. 

Sharing and adaptation must take place under the following terms: 


You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. 


You may not use the material, including the LEANS illustrations, for commercial purposes. Commercial purposes include any that generate income for you or your organisation, including selling printed copies of LEANS materials, or charging people for training about LEANS.  


If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. Adaptations you might make to LEANS materials could include: changing the names of characters in the LEANS stories to make them more relevant to your school; creating alternate illustrations that better reflect the ethnicities of children at your school; translating pupil facing materials into a language other than UK English. You can make these changes, but you cannot then distribute the new materials beyond your own school – you cannot post them on a website, email copies to other schools etc.  

No additional restrictions

You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits. In plain English, this means that any copies of LEANS that you share must be shared as freely as the originals. For example, you can’t photocopy the original LEANS handbook, give it to someone, and then tell them they are not allowed to copy it again.  


You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation. 

No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material. 

Read full details of the license terms on the Creative Commons website

Clarification for Teachers

You may print or photocopy the LEANS materials as much as you want, so long as you never sell them for profit. This license also means that you can adapt the LEANS resource for use in your own classroom, and indeed you will see that the handbook sometimes invites you to think about doing so. You might make such adaptations with colleagues, for example to tailor the resource to your school, in which case a group of teachers might all use the adapted handbook.  However, you may not distribute this adapted resource e.g. by sharing with another school or posting it online.   

Clarification for Non-UK and/or Non-English-Language settings

If you wish to make adaptations for your own use, (e.g. for cultural sensitivity or a full translation) you are permitted to do so.  However, you may not distribute these new, adapted versions. Distribution includes any sharing beyond your own school or organisation, whether by posting copies online, sending them to members of a mailing list, or anything else.  

If you wish to be able to distribute your adapted versions you will need to contact the LEANS team and work with them to create a new, licensed copy of the handbook adapted for your cultural / language context. This process will often require a back-translation to be made and may take some time. In any case, we strongly encourage anyone adapting LEANS for a local context to reach out to our team for advice and support before you start: LEANS@ed.ac.uk  


Not sure about what’s permitted by these terms of use?  

You can contact the LEANS team by e-mail (LEANS@ed.ac.uk). Please explain your query as clearly as you can, and please note that we are a small team. It may take some time for us to follow up with you.