How researchers and third-party organisations can apply for data extracts from the national pupil database.
The national pupil database (NPD) contains detailed information about pupils in schools and colleges in England.
Organisations can submit requests for personal level data extracts for:
- processing data to fulfil an essential public task (the data used is essential to run education and children’s services)
- research funded by, commissioned by, or contracted to the DfE or other government departments that needs to be done urgently
- applications that had approval from DfE before 1 June 2018, with agreement they would receive an extract, and needs to be done urgently
- re-use of data already held by the requesting organisation that will be concluded within the existing licence period
Existing requests that meet this criteria will be progressed through the application process. If you believe your data extract request meets any of these criteria contact NPD.email@example.com
There will be a new way of accessing DfE data for contracted and non-contracted research on the ONS Secure Research Service. We will provide guidance about applying for data extracts from the new service in September 2018.
Contact us for more information about changes to the data extract application process: