Privacy & Disclaimer

Copyright

The material featured on this site is subject to Government copyright according to the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000. The material may be downloaded to file or printer for personal use only. Where this material is being issued to others, the source including the URL and copyright status must be acknowledged.

The permission to reproduce Government copyright material does not extend to any material on this site, which may be the property of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

Use of the Department’s logo               

The Logo is the property of the Department of Education and Skills and may not be used by third parties in a manner that implies that the user is acting on behalf of the Department when they are not, or where it is linked to aims and activities incompatible with the role and responsibilities of the Department.

The Department’s logo should be used for programmes or projects that are funded wholly or in part by the Department of Education and Skills.  It should not, under any circumstances, be used by a commercial company to advertise a product. 

Written permission for use of the logo is required and will only be granted where a body/agency is promoting programmes / projects funded by or approved by the Department. Contact the section of the Department dealing with the programme / project for permission to use the logo.

Disclaimer

The contents of these pages are provided as an information guide only. They are intended to enhance public access to information about Education and about the Department. While every effort is made in preparing material for publication no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills for any errors, omissions or misleading statements on these pages or any site to which these pages connect. Although every effort is made to ensure the reliability of listed sites this cannot be taken as an endorsement of these sites.

Privacy

The Department of Education and Skills respects the rights of its users and does not, as a general rule, collect personal information of any kind. Where a user voluntarily provides personal information in response to a questionnaire or survey, the data will be used for research or analysis purposes only.

For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our Internet service provider. This information may include the logical address of the server you are using, the top level domain name from which you access the Internet (for example, .ie, .com, etc), the type of browser you are using, the date and time you access our site and the Internet address used to link to our site.

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics, which allow us to assess the number of visitors to our site and to identify what pages are accessed most frequently. We use these statistics to help us make our site more user friendly.

Cookies

This website uses “cookie” technology. A cookie is a small piece of data or a small text file stored by the browser on your computer, at the request of our server. We may use cookies to deliver content specific to your interests and to save your personal preferences so you do not have to re-enter them each time you connect to our website – our cookies are not available to other websites.  In particular cookies enable us:

  • to measure visitor traffic to our website and their usage patterns
  • to store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our website according to your individual interests
  • to speed up your searches
  • to recognise you when you return to our website.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

CookieNamePurposeMore information
Google Analytics_utma
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Online form session cookieASP.NET_SessionIdThis cookie is created when a user connects to an ASP.NET application and will expire when the user closes their browser. This cookie is essential for use of forms on our site to store the session id of the user’s current session.Visit the Microsoft website
Accessibility/ contrast stylesheetscssThis cookie is used to remember which accessibility/contrast/standard style sheet the user prefers. The website checks this cookie when the page loads up and displays the page using which stylesheet the user last used. 
Session cookie.ASPXUSERCMSThis cookie is used to contain information about the session when the user logs in.  

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Disabling Cookies

You are always free to decline such cookies, if your browser permits, or to ask your browser to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You can also delete cookie files from your computer at your discretion. Please see links to the following websites for the procedures to follow to manage and delete cookies on your computer:

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"), to gather statistics on our website. The statistics we gather help us to provide a better web service for the visitors. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google's website.

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. This means that the cookies are linked to our website domain(s), and we will only use that cookie data for statistical analysis related to your browsing behaviour on our websites. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser.  You can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Flash player data

The education.ie website contains interactive features and media content on parts of the site that use Adobe Flash. This is widely used to provide video and other interactive content. Many web browsers will have a version of the Flash player that plays these files. The Flash player can store data in a similar way to standard cookies, using a data file called a Local Shared Object.

We are aware of a small number of local shared objects created by Flash features. These are used to make them work more easily. For more information on how to control Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects), please visit the Adobe website.

Links to external sites

Articles on our website may occasionally include some useful links to other third party sites that are not related to education.ie or maintained by the Department of Education and Skills. Please be aware that once you click to one of these sites, you are subject to that site's privacy policy and not to ours. You may wish to review the privacy policy for each site you visit.