Terms of service

Feconnect has been replaced by ESFA communities.

Feconnect is read only and it is not possible to create or reply to topics or posts. To search feconnect we suggest you use site specific searches. ESFA Communities is now live. Feconnect users will need to create a new ESFA communities account to post, reply or subscribe for email alerts.

1. Registration to the feconnect site is free.

2. Registered users are required to provide a username, password and email address. Users are also given the option to provide their full name. The Skills Funding Agency does not accept responsibility or liability for the results of individuals publishing their personal details (including phone number, address or email address) on the feconnect website.

3. Registered users agree to use any of the community based features of the website only to send and receive messages and material that is legal, appropriate and related to the subject matter of these areas of the website.

4. Registered users must not transmit or link to inappropriate material via this website.

5. Any innapropriate or unauthorised use may result in the offending  user’s registration being cancelled. If any registered user is unsure as to whether or not a particular course of action is authorised, he/she should contact fe.connect@education.gov.uk in the first instance.

6. The views and opinions expressed by registered users of the site are the author’s own and may not reflect the views and opinions of their employer or the Skills Funding Agency. In addition, the Skills Funding Agency cannot be held responsible for any acts or omissions of registered users or for any breaches of data protection legislation by registered users.

7. Registered users take full responsibility and liability for any use they may make of the feconnect website.

8. Registered users may edit or remove their own postings only.

9. The Skills Funding Agency reserves the right at its discretion and without any obligation to remove, delete, edit, or otherwise deal at our discretion with any material or content uploaded, or otherwise submitted by registered users to the website including without limitation: video, audio, still photographs and artwork, links, embedded content, data, information, software, text and personal information.


For general details about protection of data processed by the Skills Funding Agency, please see Data Protection.

feconnect, with the exception of any registration, contact or subscription services and discussion facilities does not capture or store personal information, but merely logs the user’s IP address (the Internet address of your computer) to give us an idea of which part of our website is visited and how long is spent there.

If you register to receive updates, your information will be held on a secure server and the data will not be shared with any organisations outside government. It will be used only to provide you with email updates on the topics you have requested or blog posts. If you contact us with an enquiry or respond online to a consultation exercise, your data will only be used to manage your enquiry or facilitate the analysis of consultation responses and will be deleted subsequently.

This privacy statement only covers feconnect. Other websites linked to or from the Skills Funding Agency website are not covered by this privacy statement.


Where services are delivered on the Internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task.
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested.
  • Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through “Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them”

Third party cookies
We use Google Analytics who employ the following web analytics cookies to measure the use of feconnect in the following ways:

Name: _utma
Purpose: measures the number of unique visitors
Link: Cookies set by Google Analytics

Name: _utmb
Purpose: used to establish and continue a user session
Link: Cookies set by Google Analytics

Name: _utmc
Purpose: determines whether or not to establish a new session for the user
Link: Cookies set by Google Analytics

Name: _utmz
Purpose: tracks routes into the site and records page navigation
Link: Cookies set by Google Analytics


As per the registration emails, by registering as an feconnect member, you agree to the terms and conditions stated here.