Resources for completing your School Censuses

Important dates

Spring School Census

  • Dry Run Opens Thursday 2nd January 2020
  • Census Day is Thursday 16th January 2020
  • Census Submission Deadline Wednesday 12th February 2020 (Unless told otherwise by your LA)

Catholic Education Service (CES) Census

  • Dry Run Opens Thursday 2nd January 2020
  • Census Day is Thursday 16th January 2020
  • Census Submission Deadline Friday 14th February 2020 

Book a 15 Minute Census Call with our Expert Support Team

To support you with completing your censuses, you can book in a 15-minute session with our Support Team. Before the session, try to resolve as many Arbor and DfE Validations as possible so we can focus on supporting you with the trickiest errors during the session.

Click here to sign up for a session.

Download our Census guide

We've got dedicated Census Guides for each census, Autumn, Spring, Summer and Catholic. We include three School Census Guides, tailored to your school type! If you have nursery students, use the primary guide, if you have post-16 students use the secondary guide, and if you have both, use the all-through guide.

To solve your queries and errors, use our searchable spreadsheet and further Help Centre articles to help you resolve the most common errors and queries. 

Click here for all of our School Census resources.

Guidance from the DfE and the CES

The DfE provides lots of guidance on their website you can use to help you complete the School Census. You can search for information and find links to more help from this page.

If you've resolved all your errors and are ready to submit your census, take a look at the DfE’s notepad entries for COLLECT queries guide for help with what explanations to submit for any existing queries.

The CES provides some guidance on their website you can use to help you complete the Catholic  Census. You can search for information and find links to more help from this page.

Join our Census Webinars and On-demand Sessions

Join one of our live census webinars to see a demo of how to complete your census. Click here to sign up to the next session, or here to watch back recordings of our past webinars.

NEW - Use the Support of the Arbor Community

We have a whole section of the Arbor Community dedicated to census. Just click here to join the conversation and get help from other schools and Arbor team members. 


 

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