School workforce census


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.

DfE have made some changes to School Workforce census data collection for 2020 only

The department plans to restore these in future collections from 2021.
• Absence data is not required for census
• Qualification data is not require for census
• Date of last pay review is not required for census
• ‘Subject’ and ‘Tenure’ are not required for vacancy data
• Data on third party support staff is not required, though data on occasional teachers is still needed
Where data is not required for this year the department’s systems will allow the data to be submitted but  will delete it and not use it if received and will not request it if it has not been submitted. 

The DfE has asked that the following items are given specific attention when making your returns:

  • Please ensure that where Computer Science is taught it is recorded as such, (code CSI), and not ICT,
  • each schools return includes identifies the teacher who has the role of SEN Coordinator,
  • Base pay for part-time staff must be reported as the actual annual salary and not the full-time equivalent,
  • Please check that each teacher has the correct qualified teacher status, (QTS), recorded in the relevant field for QTS, EYTS or QTLS.

All teaching salary scales should be updated to the 2020/2021 salary scales.

1. School workforce census

What is the school workforce census?

The school workforce census is an electronic collection of data about teachers and support staff at primary, secondary, special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRU's). It takes place annually in the autumn term.

The next school workforce census date is Thursday 5th November 2020

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