Workforce Census help and guidance

Important dates

  • Thursday 20th October 2022 dry run opens
  • Thursday 3rd November 2022 is census day
  • Friday 2nd December 2022 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 Workforce 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.

Our Census guidance

We'll have a dedicated Census Guide for the Workforce Census - Workforce 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 Workforce Census resources.

Our Census Webinars and videos

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

We've also got some quick videos for filling in specific data and errors - 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

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.

We don't yet have any available slots to book, so check back soon!

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  • Hi Just to let you know the workforce census is Cheam Fields Primary Academy is being completed by the LEO Academy's central team. This happening for all LEO Academy schools.

    Kind regards

    Lorraine Byrne
    Office Manager

  • Hi Lorraine, thanks for your comment! If your census is being completed by your central team, they will be able to follow the same guides to complete the census on your school sites. If you have any further questions about how census works, please shoot us an email at


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