School preference data collections 2017: technical specification

The requirements local authorities should meet when submitting data for the 2017 school preference data collections.


School preference (child level) data collection 2017


This business and technical specification explains:

  • what data local authorities should submit
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • the validation rules that Department for Education (DfE) will apply to the data

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

More guidance on submitting data to complete the school preference collections is available.

Published 31 August 2016