Phonics screening data collection 2017: technical specification

The scope of, and business rationale for, the phonics screening check data collection 2017.

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This document is for the phonics screening check data collection 2017. For the latest collection, visit phonics screening check data collection: guide to submitting data.


Phonics screening check 2017


This specification is intended for:

It contains:

  • the business rationale for the return
  • changes to the 2017 return
  • assessment module descriptions
  • methods for importing data into local authorities information systems
  • XML formats and messages
  • validation check information

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 2 February 2017
Last updated 20 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Replaced 'Phonics screening check 2017' specification document following the introduction of new reporting arrangements.

  2. First published.