Quick videos for completing your spring census

Use the short videos below to help fill in your on-the-day information and resolve these on-the-day census errors. Just click each title to expand the menu and watch the video, and keep checking back for more!

Preparing for the Spring School Census
Want to know how best to prepare for completing the spring school census? Watch this webinar to see changes made by the DfE since the last census, how to check and cleanse your data and how to generate a census dry run.
Census Day Webinar
This census day webinar will talk you through what data you’ll need to fill in on census day depending on your school phase, how to resolve your on-the-day errors and where to go to get further support with completing your census.
Adding free school meal information
On census day, the DfE asks you to return information for the number of free school meals taken on census day, and if you have Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students, which students took their Universal Free School Meal Entitlement meal on census day. In this video, we'll walk through how to add this information to your census pages.
Pupil Reconciliation
On census day, you’ll need to reconcile the number of pupils on roll with the number of pupils enrolled in your classes. In this video, we'll give you some tips on how to do this.
Checking and amending class information
On census day, the DfE asks you to return information for the number of teachers and students in each class. If you have Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 students, you'll also be asked to add class activities and provide exemption reasons if a class has more than 30 pupils. In this video, we'll walk through how to add this information to your census pages.
Amending timetable slots
If your primary students are not enrolled in a class at the time of the census, this may be because your school has not scheduled classes correctly for primary age students. In this video, we'll walk through how to check if you've scheduled classes correctly, and how to make any changes if needed.
Adding pupils or your nursery as guests in your census
If you’ve got guest pupils, you'll need to record them as guest pupils in Arbor. In this video, we'll look at how to add guest pupils and how to exclude nursery pupils from your census (if you've been advised by the DfE to do so).
Use the Summary Inspection page to check your census
Learn how to view your live Census summary without having to download a pdf format to quickly and easily see if any changes are needed. You can also check which students are in each group.
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