Cookies

This service puts small files known as cookies onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

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Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the site.

Google Analytics stores information about:

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

Google Analytics sets the following 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 Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 1 minute

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Cookies that remember your settings

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.

Name Purpose Expires
suppress-dynamic-header Lets us know that you've seen our message about new data 1 week
suppress-recruitment-banner Lets us know that you've seen our message about getting involved on our usability testing 180 days

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.

Name Purpose Expires
seen-news-for-version Lets us know that you've seen our message about our new features for most recent version of the service 10,000 days

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies do things like remembering your benchmark schools list between your page changes and your visits to our service, essential for using Schools Financial Benchmarking.

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.

Name Purpose Expires
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
YourCharts Keeps your selection of charts for your customised report on "Your charts" tab in Benchmarking charts page Does not expire (Local storage)
__RequestVerificationToken This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. Expires at the end of your session
ARRAffinity This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform and used for load balancing. Expires at the end of your session

Cookies message

You may see a banner when you visit our service inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We’ll set cookies so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.

Name Purpose Expires
cookies_policy Saves your cookie consent settings 1 year
cookies_preferences_set Lets us know that you’ve saved your cookie consent settings 1 year