This data will help the government monitor the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on settings, focus support more effectively and keep children safe.
Applies to England
Submit the form
Submit the educational settings status form by 2pm, every Thursday.
This is to allow the Department for Education (DfE) to use the data on the same day. If you cannot meet the 2pm deadline, submit the form as soon as you can. Data submitted after the deadline may not be included in DfE daily figures.
See more information about who needs to submit the form.
You can get help if you have problems while using the form.
Preview of the form
These are the questions which will appear on the collection form for settings. They have been reproduced so you can see the information you’ll need to provide.
Recording non-attendance related to coronavirus (COVID-19)
You can use thiswhich has been introduced into management information systems (MIS) to help you:
- extract attendance data to complete the daily educational settings status form
- consistently record non-attendance related to COVID-19
- monitor non-attendance related to COVID-19 for your own purposes
If you have an existing system for recording and monitoring non-attendance related to COVID-19 you can continue to use this if you wish. The use of these sub-codes is not compulsory.
For more information about how to use code X, see the recording attendance in relation to COVID-19 attendance addendum.
Who needs to submit the form
If your setting is closed, you’ll still need to complete the form every day so DfE is aware of the closure.
You do not need to submit the form if your setting is closed for a planned holiday like half-term.
The educational setting status form is for:
- academies (including free schools and studio schools) - each school in a multi-academy trust (MAT) must complete this individually and MAT head office cannot complete it on behalf of member schools
- local authority-maintained schools
- independent schools
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units
- university technical colleges
- special post-16 institutions
- further education (FE) colleges and sixth-form colleges – if colleges are part of a group, a single form should be completed covering all colleges that fall under the corporation
Data on all early years providers, including school nurseries, childminders, and private, voluntary and independent nurseries, is being collected via local authorities as part of a regular data collection.
How to complete the form
Anyone with a DfE Sign-in account can complete the form. This includes headteachers, deputy heads, business managers or a member of the senior leadership team (SLT) within an educational setting.
Data from the attendance register can be used to help complete your daily educational setting status.
DfE will not be collecting pupil-level data through the educational setting status form.
School and college funding
The data in the form will not be used for any funding purposes.
Sharing of data with local authorities
Local authorities have been given access to a spreadsheet showing attendance data for educational settings in their area, for those settings that are submitting returns to DfE.
This spreadsheet is located on the View Your Education Data Portal and can be accessed via Identity and Access Management System (IDAMS).
If you work in a local authority you can look at the data using an IDAMS account.
See guidance on how to register for an IDAMS account.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about completing the form.
You can also use the DfE coronavirus helpline if you have a query about the form or for general queries about COVID-19. If you have a unique reference number or UKPRN, please have it available when you call.
The helpline can also help with setting up an IDAMS account.
DfE incident support helpline
This helpline is available to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education and childcare settings and children’s social care. You can also use it for support with any national incidents and emergencies.
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
If you work in a school or college, have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.