Census information for schools

Information for all teachers and support staff

This year the Census takes place on Thursday 9th November 2017. Please note that the actual date of the census is the 2nd, and as such your systems will use this as a reference date. We have decided to use the 9th as the operational date as for all headcount on census day fields this will give a more typical result. If you buy into the Data Checking Service we will need submissions to be made by Friday 17th November 2017.

This data return informs central government departmental policy on pay and the monitoring of the effectiveness and diversity of the workforce, therefore, the data returned will need to be complete and accurate and signed off by the Headteacher.


The nature of the data collection means that it will improve the accuracy of data analysis for schools, local authorities and the DfE.

The School Workforce Census replaced five previous returns: 618G, Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS), Survey of Teachers' Pay (OME), Survey of Teacher Resignations and Recruitment (NEOST) and the workforce sections of the ASC, SLASC and PLASC returns.

Before submitting the Census in COLLECT please ensure that all errors and queries have notes against them and that the return has been signed off by your Headteacher.

Further support

We will do our best to answer your questions, but sometimes we will have to contact the DfE for an answer or clarification on their guidance.