Phonics screening data collection 2016: technical specification

This document defines the scope of the 2016 phonics screening check data collection from local authorities.


Phonics screening check 2016: 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 1 February 2016