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Cookies Policy

What are cookies and how do we use them?

Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer, handheld pc or mobile as you browse various web pages. At we use cookies to make sure that our site is easy to use and you can browse without experiencing any problems. For example, one of the most common uses of cookies is to keep track of your authentication status- without cookies enabled our website would not remember you.

It is possible to opt out of cookies via your browser's cookie settings, but if you do this you will not be able to use much of the Protocol Education website as the functions of the website are dependent on cookies.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to browse and use our website without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Protocol Education website.

You can disable cookies by changing your browser settings to reject cookies; click here to find out how to disable/enable cookies. You will not be able to access any of the password protected functionality on our website if you disable cookies. As cookie settings are browser based, disabling cookies will not just affect the website but all websites you visit using that browser.

Which cookies are used on

Two types of cookies are used on this Website: session cookies and persistent cookies.

Session cookies: these cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Website.

Persistent cookies: these remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer than session cookies.

Categories of Cookies
Essential cookies: These cookies allow you to use the basic functionality of our website. For example, browsing our site, searching for vacancies, managing your work diary, signing timesheets and view DBS checks.

Performance cookies: They allow us to get to know how you use our website. They are used to analyse visitor information such as usage, visitor numbers and help us see how effective our emails and advertising are and to understand what you like. We also use this information to help improve our website, make our marketing more relevant and improve the user experience.

Cookies may be used to compile anonymous statistics related to the take up or use of services, or to patterns of browsing. A third party collects such data on our behalf to measure web site performance. Information collected is aggregated for reporting purposes. No personally identifiable information is collected by this service. The use of this service assists us in measuring and improving the structure and ease of use of our web sites

Functionality cookies: They allow us to provide additional functionalities to the website, and will retain some settings information. Whilst not essential for the functionality of our site, they do enable extra features that should improve your experience.

We have listed below the cookies that are currently active on and we have also provided information on what these cookies do.

Cookie Name


What does this cookie do?


This cookie is a session ID - A piece of data used in network communications to identify a unique browser session. This cookie will be removed when you close your browser session.

This cookie is a 'Session' type of cookie.

TPSite, TPAspxAuth, .TpRoles, TPAppSettings

These cookies contain encrypted details of a users authentication status along with any custom roles or privileges that a user may have. These are used in different areas of this website such as when logging in as a school or a candidate or when applying for a vacancy. These are strictly essential cookies that are required in order to access sensitive data and functionality and in order to personalise your experience.

If as a candidate you ticked 'Remember Me on this computer' this cookie will remain on your computer for up to 30 days or until you click 'sign out'. Until that time, you'll remain signed in to the Protocol Education website. The cookie will then act as a "Persistent" cookie type.

If you didn't tick 'Remember Me' or there was no option to do so this cookie will be removed when you close your browser session. The cookie will then act as a "Session" type.

_ga, _gid, _gat, __utmx, __utmxx, __utmx_k_253246032, __utma, __utmc, __utmz, __utmb, _utmh

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.

These cookies are "Persistent" types of cookies.

You can learn more about what Google does with the data it collects here

You can learn more about Google's privacy settings by visiting the Google Privacy Page

Facebook Cookies : 
_fbp, datr, lsd, reg_fb_gate, wd, act, _e_####_#

Twitter Cookies : 
dnt, twid, pid, k, guest_id, twitter_sess, original_referer

These cookies are used and set by social sharing websites to enable the Facebook 'Like' or 'Tweet This' functionality that appears on a variety of our site pages.

These cookies are "Persistent" types of cookies.

 DisplayedCookiePopup Cookie set to store and remember that the visitor has already seen a cookie notification alert so it won’t repeatedly display
__stid The main purpose of this cookie is to ensure that the website's content sharing functionality works smoothly when users consume and share content via email, facebook, twitter, etc. stid is a random unique identifier and is used to associate users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share, on the Aspire website. Cookie is set because of the presence of social media sharing buttons on some of the pages of the site. Generally involved in user ID tracking and analytics about how website content is shared and might also monitor/track user-browsing behaviour.
 __uset This cookie is used to indicate when a user has been cookied so that the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours. Cookie is set because of the presence of social media sharing buttons on the pages of the site. Generally involved in user ID tracking and analytics about how website content is shared
 YSC This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video, when the user clicks 'Play' on the video player
Other Social Cookies
Please note that if you decide to 'share' content from our website with friends through other social networks you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Hotjar Cookie

This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.

Hotjar Survey Cookies

_hjShownFeedbackMessage, _hjMinimizedPolls, _hjDonePolls, _hjClosedSurveyInvites

Cookies that activate if a user completes a survey set on the page, and minimize feedback or survey forms.

Hotjar Session Cookies

_hjTLDTest, _hjUserAttributesHash, _hjCachedUserAttributes,

When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed. User Attributes sent through the Hotjar Identify API are cached for the duration of the session in order to know when an attribute has changed and needs to be updated. _hjCachedUserAttributes: This cookie stores User Attributes which are sent through the Hotjar Identify API, whenever the user is not in the sample. These attributes will only be saved if the user interacts with a Hotjar Feedback tool.

google +1: Information on Google +1 data

AB Tasty Session Cookie


This cookie is used to identify a unique session, i.e. each “visit + actions taken” made by the visitor on the site during their visit. This cookie identifies the browser via the IP address attached to it.

This cookie is a 'Session' type of cookie.


AB Tasty Cookie


This cookie transmits all the testing information required to compile results of interactions with the website (including number of visitors, number of visits, number of pages viewed). These results are kept anonymous

These cookies are "Persistent" types of cookies.

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