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Alternative provision census

The AP census is a statutory census that takes place in January. Reading this guide will help you prepare for the 2023 AP census.

MIS software providers and users in local authorities should also read the technical and business specification.

For queries about submitting your data, contact us using our data collections service request form.

Census dates

Find out when you’ll need to submit data to us.

Which pupils to include

Find out which pupils are in scope for the alternative provision census.

Changes from the previous AP census

Details of what’s changed since the last census.

Data items

Details about the information that you must submit.

Submitting and checking a return

Information on accessing and using our data collection systems to send us your AP census data.


Lists of codes you can use for the alternative provision census.

Statutory requirement, data sharing and regulations

The legislation, guidance and best practice to follow.

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