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74710 Curriculum data consultation

As communicated in Data Futures: programme update, Data Futures will not be going live in 2019/20. As part of the work, we are reviewing the data model and associated specification items: our data specification overview provides a list of available items according to their status.


In response from feedback from providers, the way we had structured the curriculum wasn’t reflecting the way they hold it in their systems. This was causing an increase in complexity in managing and maintaining the data they would have to submit in Data Futures. 

This consultation considers alternative ways of structuring the curriculum data, to explore if there could be a better model for providers, which still meets the statutory reporting requirements. 

The closing date for consultation responses is 11 September 2019.

We have worked with Statutory Customers over a series of workshops and included providers in one of these, to understand the requirements further. This has allowed us to come up with two options that we believe might better fit the way many providers record the data currently. We would like to avoid the situation of forcing providers to artificially create more courses or more data in their software, simply for the purposes of reporting the data to HESA. 

This consultation begins by setting out the two alternative proposals for the curriculum data in Data Futures, followed by a series of general questions for both models. It then steps through a number of scenarios, with more specific questions on each. It then ends with a final couple of questions on your preferences. Providers should pick a preferred option, and indicate by exception where they think the other option would be preferable. We therefore advise reviewing all scenarios before determining your preferred option.

The consultation is now available on our online platform, and we will only accept online responses. We expect one response per organisation.

We have created a PDF of the consultation text on the online overview page, including diagrams and questions to assist you. Please note, we will only be accepting online responses: the PDF is for reference purposes, to aid cross organisational response.

74710 curriculum data consultation: give us your views

We have included downloadable PDFs of all scenarios throughout the consultation: for reference we have included the PDF of scenarios 1-11 below, including a key to all scenarios

74710 scenarios 1-11 (PDF)

Cross-organisational response

To enable cross-organisational response, the consultation is grouped into subjects for different audiences to engage with. When you click ‘next step’ under each section, you will be returned to the contents page, which tracks your progress through the questions in each section. 

The ‘save later’ option, also allows multiple users from one organisation to engage with the consultation. Once you click the ‘save later’ option you will receive a unique link. 
Please ensure that you read all of the information supplied in each section before answering the questions.

Once the required questions have been completed, a ‘Finish’ button will appear at the bottom of the consultation. Pressing this will complete the consultation and send your responses for analysis. Please do not click through to finish until you are satisfied with all of your answers.

On completion, a copy of your responses will be generated as a PDF and sent to the email address you entered at the beginning of the consultation.


To assist organisations with their responses we have hosted a series of webinars and events in conjunction with our statutory customers.

The England provider webinar from 19 August is now available.

Slide deck: Curriculum consultation webinar