DfE guide for schools and local authorities on unique pupil numbers

June 2019

The DfE has published a guide on the unique pupil number (UPN) – the 13-character code that identifies each pupil in the local-authority-maintained school system.

The guide is for schools and local authorities, and provides information on UPNs, including:

  • guidelines on maintaining UPNs

  • data protection

  • how to generate UPNs

In addition, this spreadsheet is a tool for generating UPNs.

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