How do I add COLLECT validation notes to my census?

COLLECT (Collections Online for Learning, Education, Children and Teachers) is the Department for Education's centralised data collection and management system.

COLLECT is where you submit your School and Workforce Census files, and provide suitable notepad explanations for census queries you are unable to resolve. These notes cannot be added in Arbor.

Please note that the Support Team at Arbor are not able to advise on:

  • whether a notepad explanation is sufficient for a query
  • how to add a note to COLLECT
  • what the note should be

For details on how to add the notes and what they should be, please instead see the Adding explanation notes for queries section in the DfE's online guidance: Complete the school census


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