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School preference data collections 2019: technical specification

The requirements local authorities should meet when submitting data for the 2019 school preference data collections.


School preference (child level) data collection 2019

PDF, 1010KB, 46 pages


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 7 September 2018 
Last updated 22 October 2018 + show all updates

  1.  Updated document ‘School preference (child level) data collection 2019’.
  2.  First published.

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