School census 2017 to 2018: guide for schools and LAs

A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2017 to summer 2018 school census data.


School census autumn 2017 to summer 2018: guide for schools and LAs


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 2017 to 2018 school census data collections

This document should be used as a handbook for data collected for the purposes of the school census and stored in schools’ management information systems (MIS) throughout the year - not just as a guide for census days.

The business and technical specification is available.

More guidance on submitting school census data is also available.