Guidance

School census 2016 to 2017: technical information

Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2016 to 2017 school census data.

Documents

School census 2016 to 2017: validation rules, version 1.8

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School census 2016 to 2017: validation rules, version 1.8

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Detail

This is technical information about submitting data for the school census 2016 to 2017.

Use this if you’re a:

  • supplier of software for school management information systems (MIS)
  • user of school MIS software

The specification contains:

  • changes to the previous year’s census collection
  • what data schools should supply at school level and pupil level
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • how to check the data against the validation rules

Software suppliers should use the list of validation rules so that schools can validate the data they submit.

You should also read the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting school census data is also available.