Guidance

School preference data collections 2020: technical specification

The requirements local authorities should meet when submitting data for the 2020 school preference data collections.

Documents

School preference (child level) data collection 2020

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Details

This business and technical specification explains:

  • what data local authorities should submit
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • the validation rules that 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 1 August 2019