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Initial Teacher Training In-Year Record 2010/11 - Family name on 16th birthday

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Initial Teacher Training In-Year Record 2010/11

Fields required from institutions in England

Family name on 16th birthday

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Short nameSNAME16

This field records the Family name on 16th birthday field and is the surname field that can be used as a stable look up point for lost student identifiers.

Applicable toEngland



This field is identical to the Student.SNAME16 field in the Student record.

HEIs indicated that they would like the option to return this field for students for ease of reference in case of enquiries.

Valid characters

The question of valid characters is significant in this field since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII characterset. The valid characterset available for this field follows the Data Standards in the HESA record.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007F and U+00A0 to U+024F.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this field are displayed here.
Reason required

To facilitate HESA checking data with institutions and for Statutory Customers to link student records collected by HESA for statistical purposes.

Part of
Field length100
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: SNAME16
Data type: NameType
Based on07051.Student.SNAME16 1.0
Date modified2010-06-30
Change management notesUpdated guidance to reflect requirement for files to have encoding specified

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