Phonics screening data collection 2015: technical specification

This document defines the scope of the 2015 phonics screening check data collection from local authorities.


Phonics screening check 2015: technical specification


This specification is intended for:

It contains:

  • changes to the previous year’s data collection
  • what pupil data to collect from each school
  • methods for importing the data into local authorities’ information systems
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • how to check the data against the validation rules

This guide must be read in conjunction with the current version of the common basic data set (CBDS). It defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

Published 8 April 2015
Last updated 17 April 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated document, the changes are explained in the version history.
  2. First published.