Updated 23rd November 2021
What are cookies and web beacons?
A cookie is a small text file which is downloaded onto your device when you access a website. It allows the website to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions. Some cookies are essential for the website to function as expected whereas others are optional.
A web beacon, also known as a web bug, pixel tag or clear GIF, is a clear graphic image (typically one pixel in size) which is delivered through a web browser or HTML e-mail.
How you consent to us placing cookies and how to control them
When you visit our site, you will see a pop-up, which invites users to accept the cookies on our site. You can block cookies by activating the settings on the pop-up that allow you to accept just strictly necessary cookies or customise your choice. However, if you choose to block all except strictly necessary cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site and your experience will be limited.
The cookies placed by our servers cannot access, read or modify any other data on your computer. We may use web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about your usage of our site and interaction with emails from us. For example, we may place web beacons in marketing emails that notify us when you click on a link in the email that directs you to our site, in order to improve our site and email communications. You can manage your cookie settings in the Oak Privacy Center.
We use the following categories of cookies on our site:
Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies, which are essential for the operation of our website. For example, to ensure the security of our website we use CloudFlare services which require a cookie to be stored on your device.
Embedded content cookies
We rely on third party services for delivering video and other embedded learning content. These include essential cookies from Mux Inc and Vimeo.
These can be enabled/disabled using the Oak Privacy Center.
These allow us to gather analytics on your usage of the Oak website. This is important for us as it means we can find and fix bugs or usability issues, improve Oak resources in response to usage data and inform the future services we offer. Typically we collect information such as a device's IP address, device screen size, device type, browser information, geographic location (country only), and the preferred language used to display our website. We use third-party services from Google Analytics, New Relic, BugSnag, Hotjar and HubSpot to enable this part of our website functionality.
Live chat cookies
We provide a messaging facility for teachers to be able to reach us directly through the website. To allow this to function you will need these cookies enabled.
We use the third-party service Intercom to enable this part of our website functionality.
Third party cookies
We are committed to trying to help people we think we can support, find and use our website. Our site and services may contain links to other websites including share and/or “like” buttons. These other websites and services may set their own cookies on your devices, collect data or solicit personal information. You should refer to their cookie and privacy policies to understand how your information may be collected and/or used. Some third party software utilises its own cookies over which we have little or no control and we cannot be held responsible for the protection of any information you provide when visiting those sites. Any external websites or apps linked to our website are not covered by this policy or our data protection policy or privacy notices. To find out about these cookies, please visit the third party’s website.