Initial Teacher Training 2020/21 - Forenames
Initial Teacher Training 2020/21
Fields required from institutions in England
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This field records the forenames of the student.
This field is identical to the Student.FNAMES field in the Student record, with the additional requirement that as this field will be used to create the student's DfE record it should contain the student's legal forenames.
In cases where the student does not split their name between family and forenames, the whole name should be entered in Student.SURNAME and an empty element should be returned, i.e:
This information is available from UCAS and UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).
The field length has been set to 100 characters to align this field with the ISB Aligned Data Definitions.
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 specification of this field falls within the scope of the Aligned Data Definitions and 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.
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|Reason required||To facilitate HESA checking data with providers and for Statutory Customers to link student records collected by HESA for statistical purposes.|
Data type: NameWithNullType
|Owner||ISB Aligned Data Definitions|
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