The Improvement Service website puts small files known as ‘cookies’ onto your computer. This policy explains what cookies we use and their purpose. It also gives you some information on how to reject and remove cookies.
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a user’s computer and stored there. They can be used for a range of purposes, such as tailoring a website for a particular user, storing user preferences and login information, and improving the website experience.
You can find out more about cookies at www.whatarecookies.com
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be categorised as essential or non-essential.
Essential cookies - these cookies are necessary to provide an online service (i.e. this website) which you have requested. The website will not function properly without them.
Non-essential cookies – these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential. They’re often used to analyse how websites are used or to set preferences.
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies are classed as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser.
First and third party cookies
First party cookies are cookies placed on your device by our website domain (improvementservice.org.uk).
Third party cookies are cookies placed on your device by other website domains.
For a list of cookies used on our website, please visit our full site.
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies.
When you first visit our website, you will receive a cookie notification message. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. If you decline cookies, only the cookies essential for the operation of the site will be downloaded.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do that, see the Help settings on your browser. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features may not work correctly.
We use Google Analytics software to collect data about how you use our website. If you don’t want Google Analytics to collect data about your site use, you can install the Google Analytics browser add-on.
Some browsers allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ mode. This limits the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deletes any persistent cookies when you finish your browsing session.