Key dates you need to know
The school census happens 3 times in a school year.
If you're a maintained school or pupil referral unit (PRU) that submits your census return to your local authority (LA), they may set their own return deadline so do check with them.
The dates below are for the 2022/23 academic year.
The next census will be the spring census
- Census date: Thursday 19 January 2023
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 15 February 2023
Summer census date
- Census date: Thursday 18 May 2023
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 14 June 2023
The 2022 autumn census has now passed
This happened on:
- Census date: Thursday 6 October 2022
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 2 November 2022
Changes from the previous school census
New items introduced
Young carers Number of hours of compulsory school time Company number and postcode for an alternative provision (AP) placement