School census 2016 to 2017: guide for schools and LAs

A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2016 to summer 2017 school census data.


School census autumn 2016 to summer 2017 guide: version 1.6


This guide will help schools and local authorities:

  • understand the purpose of the school census
  • see the changes from the previous year’s census
  • add the right level of data to their management information system
  • update and maintain their data during the year
  • complete the 2016 to 2017 school census data collections

The business and technical specification is available.

More guidance on submitting school census data is also available.