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Census

Spring Census 2020 –  Thursday 16th January 2020

Dates

  • Census Date: 16th January 2020
  • Attendance Collection: 01/09/2019-31/12/2019
  • Exclusion Collection: 22/04/2019 – 31/12/2019
  • Free School Meals collected from 04/10/2019 – 16/01/2020
  • Learner Support (secondary only) collected from 01/08/2019 to 16/01/2019

Useful Documentation:

Preparing for the School Census Spring 2020 Primary Schools
Preparing for the School Census Spring 2020 Secondary Schools

Producing the School Census Spring 2020 Primary Schools
Producing the School Census Spring 2020 PRUs
Producing the School Census Spring 2020 Secondary Schools
Producing the School Census Spring 2020 Special Schools

The DfE school census website can be found here.

Errors and resolution

Capita have produced a help guide which addresses a variety of errors…should you encounter any.  These errors are listed by their error code in the document attached and correspond with the one shown in SIMS in the errors and queries section of your return. Click here to see the document.

Academies and Collect

For Academies please note that you need to submit your file to DfE via collect as well as the local authority. Information can be found in the appropriate completing the census in SIMS document. DfE guidance can be found here.

Click here to view acceptable notepad entries for Collect.

What time do I run my census?

If your DfE number ends with:

2, 3 or 6    The selected time is one hour after the start of morning school
0, 1 or 5    The selected time is one hour after the start of afternoon school
4, 7, 8 or 9 The selected time is one hour before the end of morning school