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Data Privacy Statement

This privacy notice is issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Education (DfE). It is to inform learners how their personal information will be used by the DfE, the ESFA (an executive agency of the DfE) and any successor bodies to these organisations. For the purposes of General Data Protection Regulation, the DfE is the data controller for personal data processed by the ESFA.

Your personal information is used by the DfE to exercise its functions and to meet its statutory responsibilities, including under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and to create and maintain a unique learner number (ULN) and a personal learning record (PLR). Your information will be securely destroyed as per their retention policy after it is no longer required for these purposes.

In signing the Student Contract, you consent to your information being shared with third parties for education, training, employment and well-being related purposes, including for research. This will only take place where the law allows it and the sharing is in compliance with the data protection regulation.

Further information about use of and access to your personal data,  details of organisations with whom we regularly share data, information about how long we retain your data, and how to change your consent to being contacted, please visit:

SFX fully complies with the principles of General Data Protection Regulation. Click here to view our Privacy Notice for Students.

At no time will your personal information be passed to organisations for marketing or sales purposes.

Cookies Policy
How we use Cookies
Like many websites, we use cookies to store and then retrieve small bits of information on your computer when you visit. This information is used to make the site work as expect it to. It is not personally identifiable to you, but it can be used to give you a more personalised web experience.

Some of the information stored is put there by other companies whose software we have added to the site. This can also impact your experience of other websites you may visit after leaving ours.

This website uses cookies in two ways:

  • A session variable is created on the server which stores temporary information to enable site functionality. It is destroyed as soon as you close your web browser. It is not stored on your computer / device.
  • To monitor usage of the website, e.g. how many times pages have been visited, the browser types that visitors are using, other websites and search engines which refer users to the website. These cookies do not store any information that would identify you personally. The monitoring of the usage of the website helps us identify improvements to the design, functions and content.

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These are session cookies that identifies a unique visit to the site. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies
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Various third parties cookies are used by ShareThis functionality.

Further Information
If you want to know more about what cookies are, how they are used on the internet and how you can control the use of them, depending on which web browser you use, you can find independent advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office. The All About Cookies website also provides more in depth information on the general use of cookies.

If you have any questions about the use of cookies on this website that are not answered above please email us via our contact form.