Privacy and cookies


This service is run by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). We'll handle the information you give to us according to the ESFA personal information charter.

When you register on the service, the personal information you give us will be used:

  • so you can sign ESFA contracts, agreements and funding claims
  • to view who signed ESFA documents on behalf of your organisation
  • for administration and research purposes

How long we hold your data

If you haven’t signed in for 366 days, we’ll delete your account and remove your personal details. You’ll need to register again to use the service.


This service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer. Most websites do this. These cookies are used to:

  • help us understand how you use the service, so we can improve it
  • remember what notifications you’ve seen so you’re not shown them again
  • temporarily store the information you enter (eg, your postcode)

The cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re put on to your computer to make the service work better for you. You can edit or delete the cookies.

Find out how to edit and delete cookies.

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to help keep your information secure while you use the service.

Name Purpose Expires
User.Auth Stores encrypted information that is used by the server to identify the signed in user. 2 hours
User.Context Stores the email address and full name of a signed in user. Session
__RequestVerificationToken This is an anti-forgery token and is used to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. It prevents others from forging your website links. Session

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit GOV.UK. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 1 month

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use ESFA sites. We do this to help make sure our sites are meeting the needs of their users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to our sites
  • the pages you visit on ESFA sites
  • how long you spend on each ESFA page
  • what you click on while you’re visiting our sites

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit ESFA sites by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes