School census: key dates and guidance

The next census date is 6 October 2022. Make sure you know what to do and where to go if you have any questions.

Last reviewed on 26 September 2022
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Contents
  1. Key dates you need to know
  2. Changes from the previous school census
  3. Get help with your census

Key dates you need to know

The school census happens 3 times in a school year.

The next census will be the autumn census

  • Census date: Thursday 6 October 2022
  • Return deadline date: Wednesday 2 November 2022

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.

Spring and summer census dates for the 2022/23 school year

The spring census will be:

  • Census date: Thursday 19 January 2023
  • Return deadline date: Wednesday 15 February 2023

The summer census will be: 

  • Census date: Thursday 18 May 2023
  • Return deadline date: Wednesday 14 June 2023

Changes from the previous school census

New items introduced 

There will be new data items from the spring 2023 census. These include items on: 

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