The requirements local authorities should meet when submitting data for the 2021 school preference data collections.


School preference (child level) data collection 2021

Ref: DfE-00197-2020PDF, 651KB, 47 pages


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 11 August 2020
Last updated 30 October 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated ‘School preference (child level) data collection 2021’. Changes are detailed in ‘version history’ in the document.

  2. First published.