Alternative provision census 2019: technical specification

Business and technical specification for local authorities and software suppliers to prepare for the alternative provision census 2019.



This is technical information about submitting data for the alternative provision census 2019.

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.

Published 30 May 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added updated version of 'Alternative provision census 2019: business and technical specification'.
  2. Added updated version of the validation rules document.
  3. Updated the 'Business and technical specification'. The document's version history describes the changes.
  4. Replaced the validation rules spreadsheet with an updated version.
  5. First published.