Spring Census 2021 – Thursday 21st January 2021
Census Date: 21/01/2021
Attendance Collection: Attendance collected from the start of the Autumn term to 31/12/2020
Exclusion Collection: 13/04/2020 to 31/12/2020
Free School Meals collected from 02/10/2020 to 21/01/2021
Learning Aims collected from 01/08/2020 to 21/01/2021
Fileset needed – Version 1701 minimum
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Producing the School Census Spring 2021 Primary
Producing the School Census Spring 2021 Secondary
Producing the School Census Spring 2021 PRUs
Producing the School Census Spring 2021 Special Schools
Producing the School Census Spring 2021 All Through Schools
Producing the School Census Spring 2021 Nursery
The DfE school census website can be found here.
Spring Information 2021
Free school meals taken and school lunches taken
As schools are only open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, the majority of pupils will not be in attendance in schools on census day. Therefore, schools should record free school meals taken and school lunch taken as the normal situation, for example if a pupil would normally have a school meal on a Thursday they should be recorded as such on the census.
Please note however, any vulnerable pupils or children of critical workers who are absent for reasons other than COVID related or who have chosen to have a packed lunch on census day should not be recorded as having taken a school lunch and any of this cohort of pupils who are FSM eligible should not be counted in the free school meals taken figure.
The Department realises that school opening restrictions could affect census returns for UIFSM. We will confirm future funding arrangements for UIFSM separately.
Error 2475 – Attendance code is invalid – software issue – contact your support organisation – This is fixed in fileset 1703 so please call the helpdesk and request this.
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.
Stockton Borough Council – Submitting to Information and Improvement
Click here for instructions on preparing for your census.
Click here for instructions on how to submit your census to Information and Improvement.
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 afternoon school|
|4, 7, 8 or 9||the selected time is one hour after the start of morning school|
|0, 1 or 5||the selected time is one hour before the end of morning school|
Producing the Census Secondary Schools
Producing the Census Special Schools
Producing the Census PRUs
Producing the Census All Through Schools
Producing the Census Primary Schools
Producing the Census Nursery Schools
Summer Census 2020 – Thursday 21st May 2020
School Census Summer 2020 has been Cancelled by the DfE
As part of its inititive to reduce burdens on education and care settings so they are able to focus on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the DfE has announced the cancellation of School Census Summer 2020.
At this point the DFE’s reducion of burdens is for the period until the end of June 2020. The DfE has stated that a decision on its data collections which are not due to go live until later in the year, such as School Census Autumn 2020, will be made in due course.
Capita suggest that the decision to cancel School Census Summer 2020 was reasonably straightforward for the DfE, as this school census has few if any implications for funding. A similar decision for School Census Autum 2020 would be much more difficult for the DfE, as the data collected is used for most aspects of school funding.
In light of the above news One IT have cancelled all drop in sessions we had arranged for 5th, 12th, 13th and 14th of May.