Cookies

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) puts small files (called 'cookies') onto your computer. These cookies are used to:

  • help us understand how you use the website so we can update and improve it
  • remember what notifications you've seen so you're not shown them again

The cookies aren't used to identify you personally and you can edit or delete them.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Our introductory message

When you first visit this website you may see a pop-up welcome message. We then store a cookie so that your computer knows you've seen this message and not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Lets us know that you've seen our cookie message 1 month

Measuring website use (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 site
  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • what you click on while you're visiting our site

We do not 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 do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you've visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you've visited before 24 hours
_gat This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you've visited before 10 minutes

Session cookies

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

Name Purpose Expires
__RequestVerificationToken This is an anti-forgery token used to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. It prevents others from forging your website links. Session

Browser upgrade prompt

When you first visit this website we store a cookie to let us know you've visited once.

The next time you visit, if you're using an out-of-date browser we'll show you a message suggesting you upgrade.

We'll also store a cookie that lets us know you do not want to see the prompt if you dismiss it.

Name Purpose Expires
govuk_not_first_visit Stops us prompting you to upgrade an out-of-date browser until after your first visit 28 days
govuk_browser_upgrade_dismissed Saves a message to let us know you've seen and dismissed the browser upgrade prompt 28 days

Last updated 26/09/2018