Initial Teacher Training 2016/17 - Immediately prior surname
Initial Teacher Training 2016/17
Fields required from institutions in England
Immediately prior surname
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This is the trainee's surname immediately prior to the current surname, if applicable.
All students where applicable.
Where a student has had one or a number of previous surnames, this field records the surname used immediately before the current surname recorded in Student.SURNAME
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 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. Providers 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 to follow
To create the student's NCTL record, to allow matching of records where a student has changed surname.
Data type: NameType
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