Key dates you need to know
The school census happens 3 times in a school year.
The dates below are for the 2023/24 academic year.
If you're a maintained school or pupil referral unit (PRU) that submits your census return to your local authority (LA), it may set its own return deadline so do check with your LA.
Autumn 2023 census
- Census date: Thursday 5 October 2023
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 1 November 2023
Spring 2024 census
- Census date: Thursday 18 January 2024
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 14 February 2024
Summer 2024 census
- Census date: Thursday 16 May 2024
- Return deadline date: Wednesday 12 June 2024
Changes for the 2023/24 academic year
The 'gender ID' data item has been created so you can record gender identity if this is different from