Interactive post-16 school census tool

An interactive tool to help schools and academies submit an accurate autumn census return.


Some institutions risk not getting the funding they should because of inaccurate data returns.

Our post-16 interactive census tool will help you understand how your data is used to calculate your post-16 funding, as well as helping you understand common errors and how they impact on the funding we calculate. It will be particularly useful to business managers and staff responsible for preparing and submitting the autumn school census return.

This tool is designed to:

  • support the return of accurate post-16 school census data
  • help schools and academies understand how their school census data is used to calculate their post-16 funding
  • explain common errors and how they impact on the level of funding

It describes each element of the funding formula such as student numbers, retention rate and which parts of census data we use for each element. Each element is illustrated with example data.

The guidance is in an Excel workbook. Please make sure that macros are enabled after opening the tool so that the workbook functions properly.

A suite of Education Funding Agency funding reports will be also available in COLLECT when the autumn census opens this October which will show you how your autumn census data looks in relation to our post-16 funding calculations. We strongly advise you to use these reports to help quality assure census returns well in advance of the close of the autumn census returns window.