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Autumn 2023 School Census

This page contains guidance for completing the Autumn 2023 School Census. It will be updated as and when we receive updates from DfE.

Access: The permissions required to run and troubleshoot the Autumn Census are found in the Census Module of Config>Setup>Roles and Permissions. Each tick box on the right determines which functions are visible/available on the page for users with the selected Role.

See also: How to get started with Roles & Permissions

Important Dates

Census Date – Thursday 5th October 2023

Return Date – Wednesday 1st November 2023

Read DfE Guidance

DfE guidance about the Census is published here including the main changes compared to previous years.

For DfE guidance on generating and submitting a return see here.

Book onto a Census Overview Webinar

You can book onto one of our free Census Webinars below, there are several dates available for each session.

Book onto Secondary Census Webinar

  • Tuesday 12th September 9:30am-12pm 
  • Thursday 21st September 9:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday 27th September 9:30am-12pm

Book onto Post 16 Learning Aims Webinar

  • Thursday 14th September 9:30am-11am
  • Wednesday 20th September 9:30am-11am
  • Tuesday 26th September 2pm-3:30pm

Book onto Primary Census Webinar

  • Wednesday 13th September 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday 19th September 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 28th September 9:30am-11:30am

Read the Bromcom Guidance

Watch Webinar Recordings

Click on a link below to watch a recording of our Autumn 2023 sessions that have taken place so far. You will need to enter your name and email address to view the recording.

Primary Webinar Recording

Secondary Webinar Recording

Programme Aims and Learning Aims

Post-16 Preparation Tasks

How to manage Programme Aims

How to manage Learning Aims

How to set Student Prior Attainment

Additional Guidance

For Learner Monitoring and FAM Hours Bulk Update see Bromcom What’s New: Learner Monitoring and FAM Hours Bulk Update

For recording children receiving free school meals under the criteria for families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) See DfE guidance Free School Meal eligibility.

For Census Reporting see How to View Census Reports

For Pupil Premium see How to Manage Pupil Premium Students

For Attendance Reporting see How to Access Attendance Analysis Exports and How to Access Attendance Reports

Known Issues

DFE Known Issues

Errors 2759, 2912 and 5165 – These errors all relate to the traineeship flag on programme and learning aims. Traineeship must only be present for programme or learning aims with a start date prior to 1 August 2023. Unfortunately the XSLT is triggering these errors where the data is correct in some instances. Incorrectly triggered errors will however disappear when returns are loaded to COLLECT unless the errors are genuine.

Error 2392 This error will not trigger if the pupil has more than one open school arranged placement record where the attendance pattern is not a valid combination. It will however trigger when the return is loaded to COLLECT.

Updated on November 3, 2023

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