Alternative provision census 2023: technical specification

Business and technical specifications for local authorities and software suppliers to prepare for the alternative provision census 2023.

Applies to England



This is technical information about submitting data for the alternative provision census 2023.

It’s for:

  • suppliers of software for school and local authority management information systems (MIS)
  • local authority users of MIS software

The specification describes:

  • what data local authorities should supply
  • how to structure the data in XML

Software suppliers should use the list of validation rules so that local authorities can validate the data they submit.

You should also read the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

Published 5 April 2022
Last updated 22 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the documents ‘Alternative provision census 2023 validation rules’. Changes are described in the version history.

  2. First published.