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Initial Teacher Training 2020/21 - Placement School

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Initial Teacher Training 2020/21

Fields required from institutions in England

Placement School

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Short namePLMNTSCH

This field describes a school where a trainee is undertaking a placement.

Applicable toEngland

Student.Placement where applicable.


Only required where a student's first placement is known at the census date.

This field should contain a Unique Reference Number (URN), as shown on Get information for schools website.

Training programmes are designed to provide trainee teachers with sufficient time being trained in schools, early years and/or further education settings to enable them to demonstrate that they have met all the standards for QTS. This means they would typically be structured to include at least the following periods of time to be spent in training in schools, early years or further education settings:

  • A four year undergraduate programme - 160 days (32 weeks)
  • A one, two or three year undergraduate programme - 120 days (24 weeks)
  • A secondary graduate (non-salaried) programme - 120 days (24 weeks)
  • A primary graduate (non-salaried) programme - 120 days (24 weeks)
  • A salaried programme - As determined by the training programme

Note: If a trainee has been to more than five placements, they should return the five they were at for the longest period of time.

Where the employing school does not have a URN, the below generic codes should be used:

900000 Establishment outside England and Wales
900010 Not applicable/not available

The 'Not applicable/not available' code would cover placements taking place in England and Wales but not in schools and so the establishment does not have a URN.

Quality rules
Quality rules relating to this entity are displayed here
Reason required To allow the DfE to track where trainees are on their placements, for statistical analysis and research.
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Field length6
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Data type: URNType
OwnerDepartment for Education

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