Guidance

Common basic data set (CBDS): database

The latest common basic data set (CBDS), and CBDS other data items (reference only), for use by software suppliers developing management information systems.

Documents

CBDS database

This file is in an OpenDocument format

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternative.formats@education.gov.uk . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

CBDS database

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternative.formats@education.gov.uk . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

CBDS other data items (reference only)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternative.formats@education.gov.uk . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

CBDS other data items (reference only)

This file is in an OpenDocument format

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternative.formats@education.gov.uk . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

The CBDS is a file containing definitions for common data items that schools and local authorities use in certain software systems, for example school management information systems.

The CBDS also gives information on the structure of other Department for Education data collections.

You should refer to the CBDS when reading any data collection specifications.

The CBDS spreadsheet organises definitions through:

  • CBDS levels, for example pupil and school
  • CBDS modules, for example school characteristics
  • data items (for example ethnicity) and the code set defining them

You can filter the spreadsheet to provide data items relevant to a particular collection.

We regularly update the CBDS, publishing any changes, along with the reasons for them, as request for change documents.

Published 14 October 2013
Last updated 9 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the common basic data set database.
  2. Replaced CBDS with new versions.
  3. Updated the common basic data set database.
  4. CBDS database updated. CBDS version control log removed (this information is now on the CBDS database file). CBDS 'other data items' file added. (This file contains data items that are no longer maintained by the department and is for reference only).
  5. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  6. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  7. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  8. Replaced documents with amended Italian language codeset.
  9. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  10. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  11. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  12. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  13. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  14. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  15. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  16. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  17. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  18. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  19. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  20. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  21. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  22. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  23. Updated the common basic data set database and version control log files.
  24. Updated the common basic dataset set database and version control log files.
  25. Updated the common basic dataset set database and version control log files.
  26. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with the 25 March 2015 version.
  27. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 3 March 2015 version.
  28. Updated 'CBDS database' and 'CBDS version control log' documents.
  29. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 13 October 2014 version.
  30. Updated 'CBDS database' and 'CBDS version control log' documents.
  31. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 12 June 2014 version.
  32. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 4 June 2014 version.
  33. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 28 April 2014 version.
  34. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 18 March 2014 version.
  35. Updated the common basic data set (CBDS) database with 28 January 2014 version.
  36. First published.