Phonic screening data collection 2018: technical specification

This document defines the scope of, and business rationale for, the phonics screening check data collection 2018.


Phonics screening check 2018


This specification is intended for:

It contains:

  • the business rationale for the return
  • changes to the 2018 return
  • assessment module descriptions
  • methods for importing data into local authorities’ information systems
  • XML formats and messages
  • validation check information

This guide must be read in conjunction with the current version of the common basic data set (CBDS).

Published 12 February 2018
Last updated 21 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated academy process for submission to include non-geographical LA.
  2. First published.