The Common Basic Data Set (CBDS) provides a standard for data used in software systems for management information in schools, local authorities (LAs), other children's institutions, the Department for Education and other government bodies.
The CBDS database is a spreadsheet providing efficient access to
All specifications for collections should be read in conjunction with this CBDS.
The new CBDS makes use of filters and hyperlinks to enable navigation. The filters also make it possible to view extracts of the CBDS for use in specific collections and transfer files.
This single database obviates the need for separate data-definition extracts for each specific data collection. It should also ease transition to a planned new Education, Skills and Children's Services (ESCS) metadata repository.
All changes to the CBDS will be made within the one database file, using the new CBDS change control process. Completed Requests for Change (RFCs) are published on this website.
There will be no need to refer to previous CBDS versions on a regular basis (although this can be found in the archived information section if required).
Links to previous years' collections and transfer files will also be found within the one database file.
It is planned that much of this information will be moved to a new metadata repository, eliminating file-size effects when downloading.
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