Details about cookies

The Explore education statistics service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again
  • store various settings you have selected so they will be used when you return to the site.

GOV.UK cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on this service

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on this service
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (eg 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.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

NamePurposeExpires
_gaThis helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before2 years
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before24 hours
_gatUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made1 minute

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.

NamePurposeExpires
ees_banner_seenSaves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message1 month

Your cookie settings

We will store your cookie settings as a cookie, so that they remain if you return to GOV.UK: Explore education statistics.

NamePurposeExpires
ees_disable_google_analyticsDisables Google Analytics tracking10 years

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you're happy for us to use.

Microsoft Application Insights

Microsoft Application Insights collects telemetry information.

NamePurposeExpires
ai_userUsed to identify returning users1 year
ai_sessionAnonymous session identifer to group a user's activities15 minutes