What is the School Census?
The School Census is a statutory requirement for all state-funded schools (that are not stand-alone early years or Post-16 providers) in England to complete and submit three times a year. The DfE uses this data to build national statistics, and it also contributes towards establishing your schools’ funding allocations. Independent schools and schools in the Isle of Man do not need to complete this Census.
For two weeks before the day specified by the DfE as Census day, Arbor allows you to carry out what we call a ‘dry run’.
- The dry run lets you generate a mock Census and work through clearing the errors and completing gaps in required data.
- The Census and dry runs can be generated as many times as you wish.
- When you do run your Census, Arbor will output data as if it were Census day. For example, students who have joined your school after census day would be excluded.
Unless specific instructions are given by your local authority, you do not have to submit the Census on census day. The DfE sets a Census deadline, which is visible on your Census page.
|Key Dates||What you need to do|
|Census Dry run opens Thursday 21st September 2023||
|Census Day is Thursday 5th October 2023||
Census Submission Deadline is Wednesday 1st November 2023
Unless told otherwise by your LA
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
Our census guide will provide you with all the links you need, plus full instructions on how to use the Census area in Arbor: School Census 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.
Our Census Webinars and videos
We've also got some quick census videos for filling in specific census data for your school type - click here to watch.
Contact for more support
Please contact your support partner for further support with the School Census.
Arbor-supported and Advanced Support schools
You can see how to get in touch here: Contact us