20 December 2010
The new coding and naming policy includes a change from the existing 3-digit local authority (previously LEA) code to a new 9-digit code. This publication lists all of the local authorities with the responsibility for providing education in England and includes both new and old codes.
The ONS has advised that the new codes should be used in all exchanges of statistics and published outputs that normally include codes. DfE has no firm proposals to apply the new codes to school numbering, UPRNs, data collections or data transfers with local authorities.
The new codes are made up of two parts within the format ANNNNNNNN. The first three characters (ANN) represent the area entity (i.e. an area ‘type’, such as ‘county’), with the first alpha value representing the country within which the entity lies. The second part of the code comprises six number characters (NNNNNN) and this represents the specific area instance (e.g. Hampshire).
Further information regarding the coding and naming policy for statistical geographies can be found on the ONS website.