Common transfer file 13: guide, specification and schema

A guide for local authorities and schools, and technical documents for software suppliers, to use common transfer file (CTF) 13.


This guide is for local authorities and schools to help them use common transfer file (CTF) 13 to transfer pupil data. The CTF is valid for use from November 2013.

The guide includes information on:

  • the statutory obligations to use CTF when transferring pupil data
  • when to send CTFs and partial data transfers
  • how to send CTFs and partial data transfers
  • filename structure
  • receiving CTF information

The schema and specification documents are for software suppliers developing and maintaining CTF files in school and local authority management information systems.