Updated 25 May 2018

Privacy : Cookie Policy

This policy explains how The ESFA uses cookies and how we may collect and process information about you through our website; esfa.co.uk.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer (or internet enabled device) by websites that you visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and preferences.

Why do we use Cookies?

The ESFA uses cookies to collect information about the use of the Website and to distinguish you from other users in order to improve your experience when you browse the Website.

When you visit www.esfa.co.uk we set Google Analytics to measure the number of visitors, to see where they come from, how visitors navigate the site, how long they stay on each page, whether they are new or returning visitors and which resources they access. The data collected using Google Analytics is all anonymous. This helps us to develop new content and to improve the way the Website works.

What Cookies do we use?

Our Website uses three kinds of cookie using categories suggested in the International Chamber of Commerce UK’s cookie guide.

These are:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies
  2. Performance cookies
  3. Functionality cookies


A list of all cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies the services you have asked for cannot be provided.

We use the following strictly necessary cookies:

Cookie type:Server—Session state
Description:Unique identifier for each computer generated by the server to keep track of the user’s current session state.
Set:When site first accessed.
Expires:When the connection between device and web server has exceeded 20 minutes of inactivity.

Category 2: Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

We use the following performance cookies:

Cookie type:Google Analytics
Cookie name:_ga, _gid, _gat
Description:Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to determine the number of unique visitors to various parts of the website. Data is only used in aggregate.
Set:When site first accessed.
Expires:_ga: 2 years, _gid: 24 hours, _gat: 10 mins.

For further details on Google Analytics cookies, visit Google’s website at: developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.

For further information about how Google safeguards your data, visit Google’s support website at: support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245

Category 3: Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as logging into your ESFA account) and provide enhanced, more personal features.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

We use the following functionality cookies:

Cookie type:Functional Cookie
Cookie name:ESFA_uid
Description:This cookie is required to enable you to log into an ESFA School or Association account. If the cookie is not present, the website will respond as though you are not logged in to an ESFA account.
Set:When you login to an ESFA Account.
Expires:When you logout of an ESFA Account OR close the browser on your device.
Cookie type:Functional Cookie
Cookie name:ESFA_frm
Description:This cookie counts the number of times a form has been submitted on the esfa.co.uk website.
Set:When a form is submitted from a webpage hosted on esfa.co.uk
Expires:When you close the browser on your device.
Cookie type:Personal Setting
Cookie name:ESFA_policy
Description:The Privacy Banner is displayed at the bottom of each page of the esfa.co.uk Website. When you click the I Agree button on this banner, this cookie is set with the value of the Privacy Policy agreed. Once set, the Privacy Banner will not be displayed again until the cookie expires, or the Privacy Policy is updated.
Set:When you click I Agree button in the Privacy message banner.
Expires:2 years
Cookie type:Functional Cookie
Cookie name:ESFAShop
Description:This cookie stores settings relevant to the ESFA shop for the duration of your visit.
Set:When ESFA shop is first accessed at esfa.co.uk/shop.
Expires:When you close the browser on your device.
Cookie type:Personal Setting
Cookie name:ESFAShoplang
Description:This cookie sets your preferred language choice when browsing the ESFA Shop.
Set:When ESFA shop is first accessed at esfa.co.uk/shop.
Expires:1 Year

Third Party Cookies

The Website may also link through to third party websites from providers such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, which may use cookies which The ESFA has no control. We therefore recommend that you check the relevant third party privacy policies for further information.

Controlling and Deleting Cookies

You can refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. You should note however that by deleting or blocking cookies, the website may not function correctly and you may not be able to access certain areas.

For further information on Google Analytics and opting out, please visit support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.



Further Information

Useful information about cookies can be found at::

Information about Google Analytics:

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website privacy section:


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