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Student Alternative 2020/21 - Care leaver

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Student Alternative 2020/21

Fields required from institutions in All fields

Care leaver

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valid entries

The fields records whether a student is a care leaver.

Applicable toEngland

All instances where (Instance.FUNDCODE = 1 or 7) and (Course.COURSEAIM begins with H, I, J, C or is M22, M26, M28, M71, M73 or M88, excluding H50, H60, H61, H62, H78, H81, I60, I61 or I81) and (Instance.COMDATE > 2020-07-31) and (InstancePeriod.EXCHIND = 3 or Null) and (any InstancePeriod.STULOAD is not equal to 0).

Valid entries and labels
01Care leaver (16+)
04UCAS defined care leaver
05Not a care leaver
98Information refused
99Not available

This data is required on entry to a student’s Instance and is not required to be maintained throughout the student’s Instance.

01 Care leaver (16+) (England only): includes all students who can be reasonably verified as having been in care on or after their 16th birthday. For example this may have been verified by talking to the student personally, by email correspondence or as a result of assessing their eligibility for financial support. This only needs to be established once by a member of staff at the provider, preferably at the point of the student's entry. The provider must have reason above and beyond the information given on the student's UCAS form to identify them as code 01 'Care leaver (16+)'.

04 UCAS defined care leaver: self-declared as in care for 3 months or more. This code may be used for non-UCAS entrants if they meet that definition. If providers choose not to confirm care leaver status then they should use the data from *J and record care leavers as 04. If providers choose to collect and/or confirm care leaver status then care leavers who were confirmed to be in care after their 16th birthday should be recorded as 01 rather than 04. Code 01 should be used in preference to 04 ‘UCAS defined care leaver’ where applicable.

99 Must be returned where the data is not known by the provider

Quality rules
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Reason required To classify the social background of Students in a standard way. Used to monitor the impact of widening participation policies, and analyses relating to widening access and data quality.
Part of
Field length2
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Date modified2021-08-20
Change management notesGuidance added to the '04 UCAS defined care leaver' section to clarify when 01 should be used for students recorded as care leavers through UCAS. Additionally the coverage for COMDATE has been amended from 2013-07-31 to 2020-07-31 to align with validation.

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