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Initial Teacher Training 2020/21: Support guides

This page provides an overview of the 2020/21 Initial Teacher Training (ITT) collection (C20053).

This should be used alongside the C20053 coding manual, which provides more detailed, technical information about the collection.

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Initial Teacher Training overview

We collect data across a number of streams. These streams focus on different aspects of higher education.

The Initial Teacher Training (ITT) stream collects data about students on an ITT course leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Details of which students need to be returned to us are included in the Coverage document found in the Coding manual.

The data we collect on behalf of the sector is provided to governments and funding bodies in order to support the regulation of higher education. We also make anonymised data available to the public to enhance understanding of UK higher education and to support its advancement.

Our coding manuals provide you with all the necessary documentation to support your data return. The coding manual contains technical documents giving detailed information on the record's coverage, data specification and submission formats. Familiarising yourself with these documents will help you make an accurate and timely return.

Each collection has its own coding manual which can be found in the Data collection section of our site. By default, you will land on the open collection for each record; you can then select previous or future years.

The coding manuals will be updated throughout the data collection cycle and Record Contacts informed by email when new versions are made live. Be sure to check the manual's Revision history for a summary of changes.

You submit data via our Data Collection system. To access this, you will need to have an appropriate role in our Identity System (IDS). We publish an IDS user guide which includes information on creating and editing your account.

You will need to be given access to the Data Collection system by the relevant Record Contact at your provider.

Once you have access to the system you will be able to upload files and track the progress of the collection.

The coding manual homepage includes all the technical information you require, including:

  • The data specification
  • File format specifications
  • A detailed collection schedule
  • Our XML data entry tool (available for some streams)
  • Quality rules.

This Support guides page collects together the following resources:

  • User guide
  • Data collection system: Known issues and release history.

In the Support area of the HESA website, you can find:

Our Data innovation section includes information about:

  • Open and recently completed record reviews, including information about changes we are implementing
  • Our Data Futures programme which will transform the higher education information landscape.

In the About section, you can find:


Our expert analysts have a thorough understanding of our records and processes. We are here to support you throughout the data submission process.

Contact Liaison by email or on +44 (0)1242 388 531   

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Known issues and release history

Issue summary Status Date raised Date resolved
QR.C20053.Student.BURSLEV.22 - Missing SBJCA codes Fixed 18/09/2020 05/10/2020
QR.C20053.Student.FUNDCODE.3 - Logic of the rule is incorrect and causing confusion - This rule will be removed and replaced with two simpler validation rules - Rule has been removed and replaced with QR.C20053.Student.SDLEAD.5 and QR.C20053.Student.SDEMPLOY.5 Fixed 22/09/2020 05/10/2020
TRNs - Data quality issue with the TRNs that have been supplied by the DfE. Please ignore the TRNs that have been assigned and shown in the Data Collection System. We will inform you when this has been resolved and genuine TRNs supplied. Closed 14/10/2020 05/11/2020

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