School census

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DfE Guidance on temporary changes: attendance recording for educational settings whilst closed due to the coronavirus 

We have put together key information and resources for schools to help maintain provision during the COVID-19 situation.

January 2021 School census will be going ahead

Unusual circumstances - DfE have advised that guidance for recording FSM, UIFSM and Class sizes for the Spring census should be as if the school were operating normally

DfE Unusual circumstances guidance

Pupil premium funding

It was announced in December 2020 that pupil premium allocations for most schools will now be based on data collected as part of the autumn school census. This applies to all schools except for local authority maintained PRUs and alternative provision academies and free schools who will continue to be allocated funds based on information collected in the spring school census. 

Class Information - Spring Census only

The ‘selected time’ is based on the last digit of a school’s departmental establishment number.

Details are required of all classes running at the selected time on spring census day.

The ‘selected time’ is based on the last digit of a school’s departmental establishment number.

2, 3 or 6 the selected time is one hour after the start of afternoon school
4, 7, 8 or 9 the selected time is one hour after the start of morning school
0, 1 or 5 the selected time is one hour before the end of morning school

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1. Census dates

2020 to 2021 census dates

Autumn census

  • census date – Thursday 1 October 2020

Spring census

  • census date – Thursday 21 January 2021

Summer census

  • census date – Thursday 20 May 2021

More information about the school census can be found on the DfE School Guidance notes

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