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Find and explore data in the National Pupil Database

Use this tool to find and explore data in the NPD, a key DfE data store, covering education, skills and children services data for individual learners in England, before  applying to access Department for Education (DfE) data extracts.

 

Use this tool to:

  • browse the NPD via categories
  • browse the NPD via dataset
  • search for NPD data items
  • save My List of data items

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Browsing via categories

Browse the NPD using the tool's 4 high level categories:

  • attainment
  • demographics
  • absence and exclusion
  • children in need and children looked after

You can then look for more precise categories until you find the group of data items that you are interested in.

For example, 'Authorised absence due to study leave' contains 6 similar data items.

Browsing via datasets

If you are a more experienced user and you know the name of the DfE data collection that feeds into the NPD, you may want to search for the data items you are interested in using the names of the DfE collections as we hold them in the NPD.

There are 23 collections within NPD – for example, the termly School Census.

Searching for data

You can also find specific categories using a simple text search.

Saving a list of favourite data items

If you would like to save your favourite data items you can use ‘My List’.