School workforce census 2017: guides

Guides for schools and local authorities on submitting data for the school workforce census 2017.


Guide for school-employed staff

Guide for centrally employed staff


These guides will help schools and local authorities:

  • understand the purpose of the census
  • prepare for the census
  • complete their census returns for 2017

The guide for school-employed staff is for:

  • schools and nurseries maintained by the local authority
  • special schools maintained by the local authority (schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
  • city technology colleges
  • academies
  • free schools
  • pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
  • local-authority children’s services

The guide for centrally employed staff explains how local authorities who employ school staff centrally can submit school workforce census data.

Centrally employed staff includes:

  • teachers
  • teaching assistants
  • support staff, for example healthcare workers, librarians, technicians, administrative staff and catering staff

Read more guidance on submitting data for the 2017 school workforce census.

Published 31 August 2017
Last updated 16 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated the documents to clarify the difference between credibility reports and credibility checks.
  2. First published.