School Census

A statutory return for all maintained nursery, primary, secondary, special schools and academies.

Data is collected three times a year – Autumn (October); Spring (January) and Summer (May).

The information collected is used by the Department for Education (DfE) in the calculation of the Dedicated Schools Grant and the Pupil Premium funding allocations.

Data collected includes general pupil characteristic information such as gender, free school meal eligibility, Special Needs, ethnicity and language. Termly absence and attendance data is also collected and this contributes to the published School Performance tables.

Academies please note that the Local Authority (LA) is not able to see or assist with your School Census. Academies with any questions relating to completing the school census should contact the DfE by email or contact the DfE using the data collections service request form.

Census dates for 2022/23 academic year

  • Autumn - Thursday 5 October 2023
  • Spring - Thursday 18 January 2024
  • Summer - Thursday 16 May 2024

Please upload your census by the LA deadline which is the Wednesday after the above dates. This gives the LA time to meet the DfE deadline which follows.

DfE guidance 2022/23

Returning the School Census via COLLECT:


School to School (s2s): DfE’s secure data transfer system

First language other than English

The following files will help you identify the languages you are looking for: