The latest common basic data set (CBDS) and version control log, for use by software suppliers developing management information systems.
The CBDS is a file containing definitions for common data items used in software systems in schools and local authorities, for example, school management information systems.
The CBDS also underpins the structure of many Department for Education data collections.
All data collection specifications should be read in conjunction with the CBDS.
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
The spreadsheet can be filtered to provide data items relevant to a particular collection.
The CBDS is regularly updated, and any changes, along with the reasons behind the change, are published as request for change documents.