Alternative provision census 2017: technical specification

Business and technical specification for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the alternative provision census 2017.


Alternative provision census 2017: validation rules

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This is technical information about submitting data for the alternative provision census 2017.

It’s for:

  • suppliers of software for school and local authority management information systems (MIS)
  • local authority users of MIS software

The specification describes:

  • what data local authorities should supply
  • how to structure the data in XML

Software suppliers should use the list of validation rules so that local authorities can validate the data they submit.

You should also read the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting data for the alternative provision census is available.

Published 20 May 2016
Last updated 9 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated specification and validation rules documents, which include version history sections explaining the changes.
  2. Corrected the date on the ‘Alternative provision census 2017: validation rules’ document
  3. First published.