Guidance for schools and local authorities on what data we need and how to submit it.
Software suppliers should read the:
- 2022 to 2023 technical specification
- 2022 to 2023 summary reports
- 2023 to 2024 technical specification
For queries about submitting your data, contact us using our data collections service request form.
Find out when the school census will open for each term and what to do in unusual circumstances.
Changes for 2023 to 2024
Any changes to the information we ask for or how it should be provided since the 2022 to 2023 academic year.
Which schools and pupils to include
Find out which schools and pupils are in scope for the school census.
Data items 2022 to 2023
Guidance about every piece of information you need to send us in autumn 2022, spring and summer 2023.
Data items 2023 to 2024
Guidance about every piece of information you need to send us in autumn 2023, spring and summer 2024.
Generate and submit your return
Information on accessing and using our data collection systems to send us your school census data.
Check your data
Information on validating your data, resolving errors and checking any funding reports that use your school census return.
Find a school census code
List of codes to use when completing your school census.
Statutory requirement, data sharing and regulations
The legislation, guidance and best practice to follow.