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School census 2018 to 2019: guide for schools and LAs

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A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2018 to summer 2019 school census data.


School census autumn 2018 to summer 2019: guide for schools and LAs

Ref: DFE-00105-2018PDF, 3.14MB, 151 pages


This guide will help schools and local authorities:

  • understand the purpose of the school census
  • see the changes from the previous year’s census
  • add the right level of data to their management information system
  • update and maintain their data during the year
  • complete the 2018 to 2019 school census data collections

This document should be used as a handbook for data collected for the purposes of the school census. It should be stored in schools’ management information systems (MIS) throughout the year and not just used as a guide for census days.

The business and technical specification is available.

More guidance on submitting school census data is also available.

Published 28 June 2018 
Last updated 17 September 2018 + show all updates

  1.  Updated to the latest version. Changes are described in the version history of the document.
  2.  Updated document ‘School census autumn 2018 to summer 2019: guide for schools and LAs’. See change history in document annex for details.
  3.  Updated guide. The version history describes the changes.
  4.  First published.

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