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Schools Workforce Census

Page last updated: 12/02/2020

​​The Department for Education's statutory annual School Workforce Census collects various data on teaching and support staff within schools. This is mandatory and a return is expected from every school.

The date of the 2020 school workforce return will be announced in due course, along with the deadline for completion.

We offer support to maintained schools to cleanse errors and queries once the data has been uploaded to the COLLECT site.

For further information please email

Useful Documents

School Workforce Census Background Information
The following factors are the business drivers behind the School Workforce Census:

  • consistency with departmental policy
  • collection of data should be automatic
  • data collected should be that which a well prepared school uses themselves or be justified with a clear business case
  • the DfE and its partners agreed a data sharing protocol in February 2004. In keeping with the principle that data is collected once for use many times, the school workforce data is to be matched to other sources of data for statistical, research and policy purposes
  • School Workforce Cenus 2019 checklist

Data Protection - Privacy Notice Model Documents

​With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, the Department published updated privacy notice suggested text documents. These documents, approved by ICO, contain examples of the relevant sections required in a proposed format and are available on the website.

To further assist schools, Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and Local Authorities (LA's) in creating their own privacy notices, an accompanying guide has also been produced. The guide explains what should be included in more detail and contains an example privacy notice. 

For further information on GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website and the Data Protection - Toolkit for Schools