- Thursday 7th January 2021 dry run opens
- Thursday 21st January 2021 is census day
- Wednesday 17th February 2021 is your census submission deadline (unless otherwise advised by your Local Authority)
Guidance from the DfE
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.
Our Census guidance
Before you run your dry run or census, you can start preparing for Census using our bulk data input pages - see how to update your data in our Preparing for the 2021 Spring School Census article.
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:
Search solutions to any error
To solve your queries and errors, check out our Help Centre articles to help you resolve the most common errors and queries - click here for all of our School Census resources.
Check our searchable errors spreadsheet for quick tips on how to resolve each error.
Our Census Webinars and videos
We've also got some quick census videos for filling in specific census date for your school type - click here to watch.
Use the support of the Arbor Community
We have a whole section of the Arbor Community dedicated to the census. Just click here to join the conversation and get help from other schools and Arbor team members.
Book a call with our support team
If you're an Arbor-supported school, you can book in a 15-minute session with our expert support team to help resolve some of your more complex errors and check your Census before you submit it. Before the session, work through as much of your census as you can so we can use the session to work through the trickier aspects.
Click here to sign up for a session.