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Our introductory message
You may see a pop-up message about cookies when you first visit the site. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.
|seen_cookie_message||Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message||1 month|
Comparing schools and trusts
When you select schools or trusts to benchmark (including a default), we store your choices in a cookie so you don't need to select them again during your visit.
|sfb_comparison_list||Stores your selection of schools to benchmark||Does not expire|
|sfb_comparison_list_mat||Stores your selection of trusts to benchmark||Does not expire|
|sfb_comparison_list_manual||Temporarily stores your selection of schools to benchmark during your manual comparison||Expires at the end of your session|
New data coming
This message lets you know that a new set of data is about to be published. If you click 'Hide message', we’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows not to show it again.
|suppress-dynamic-header||Lets us know that you've seen our message about new data||1 week|
New feature added
This message lets you know that a new article has been added to the News Page that could help your schools financial benchmarking experience. Once a popup screen is displayed, we’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows not to show it again until a new version of the service is released.
|seen-news-for-version||Lets us know that you've seen our message about our new features for most the recent version of the service||10,000 days|