Data collection schedule

A rolling 12-month schedule of data collections and surveys carried out by the Department for Education and partner organisations.


Data collection schedule: November 2013

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This regularly updated schedule consists of 2 parts - a list by month, and an alphabetical list.

The list by month consists of a simple grid showing which data collections occur in each month.

The alphabetical list shows more detailed information about each survey as follows:

  • survey name
  • whether the collection is mandatory or optional
  • the month the survey must be returned
  • the organisation sponsoring the collection
  • sample size - for example, a census is a collection required from 100% of schools or local authorities, sample surveys go to smaller subsets
  • collection frequency - for example, annual, termly etc - ‘ad hoc’ is used for those with irregular patterns
  • survey target - for example, where local authorities fill in parts of the early years (EY) census about EY settings rather than the local authorities, the survey target is the EY setting
  • data supplier - the body returning the survey forms
  • mandatory basis - only applies to mandatory surveys


Schools and local authorities should use the contact address below to submit comments and questions.

Paul Hirst
Education Data Division
2 St Paul’s Place
125 Norfolk Street
S1 2FJ

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