Guidance

School-level annual school census: guide to submitting data

How independent schools must collect and submit data for the school-level annual school census (SLASC).

SLASC is an annual, statutory census that takes place every January. You must complete statutory censuses by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

SLASC collects the following information about registered independent schools:

  • their contact details
  • the number of pupils on the attendance register
  • the number of teaching staff
  • the courses of study
  • the number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN)
  • the number of pupils in local authority care
  • annual fees
  • details of accommodation
  • the number of staff members who have joined or left since the last census
  • the school’s proprietors

Please do not confuse SLASC with the Independent Schools Council annual census, which also takes place in January each year.

Important dates

2020 census dates:

  • census day: Thursday, 16 January 2020
  • deadline for submitting your data: Sunday, 16 February 2020

Submit your data

You’ll need to:

  • register and log in with DfE Sign-in
  • use COLLECT to submit your data

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

  • you want to request a DfE Sign-in username or password so you can access COLLECT
  • SLASC is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

Get help using DfE Sign-in

If you do not know who your approver is, please use the DfE Sign-in request form.

If you’ve forgotten your password, use DfE Sign-in to reset it. You will need to click ‘Start now’ and then the ‘I’ve forgotten my password’ link.

Note that we’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Census documents

The following technical document is available for software suppliers:

We’ve also produced a video that takes independent schools through the process of completing SLASC.

If you are looking for guides from past SLASC collections, visit the School-level annual school census: closed collections page.

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.

Feedback

Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 26 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Important dates' section with the dates for 2020. Replaced 'business and technical specification' link with the new 'SLASC 2020: technical specification' page.
  2. Updated 'Submit your data section' and DfE Sign-in help links.
  3. Added link to the 2019 guide for the school-level annual school census (SLASC).
  4. Updated COLLECT link from secure access to DfE sign in.
  5. Added the new census dates for 2019 and a link to the 2019 business and technical specification.
  6. Link added to new school-level annual school census 2018: guide.
  7. Added the new census dates for 2018 and a link to the 2018 business and technical specification.
  8. Added link to 'School-level annual school census 2017: guide'
  9. Added link to new generic COLLECT guides for schools and local authorities.
  10. Added the new census dates for 2017 and a link to the 2017 business and technical specification.
  11. Added link to 'School-level annual school census 2016: COLLECT guide'.
  12. Updated the census deadlines for 2016. Added a link to the business and technical specification for registered independent schools.
  13. Added a link to the 'SLASC 2015: guide for independent schools and general hospital schools' document.
  14. Added a link to the 2015 COLLECT user guide.
  15. Updated the link to the technical guide and census deadlines for 2015.
  16. First published.