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Schools Workforce Census

Page last updated: 17/11/2022

​All LA maintained schools are reminded that they need to upload their school workforce data on to collect as part of the DFE statutory return. Please note the deadline for return is Friday 25 November 2022. This year the DFE are allowing schools to edit their returns where errors and queries are showing. Please note it is the schools responsibility to make the amendments and the LA are no longer able to action this on your behalf, this is to ensure there is an audit trail of any changes made in the system. 

We are noticing 2 common queries arising from those who have already submitted a return, these relate to Staff vacancies and SENCO qualifications, both are easily resolved by adding a note against the query to confirm there are no staff vacancies and to confirm the qualification of the SENCO before submitting your return. If queries arise after the initial submission and you then make amendments you will need to hit resubmit. 

It is important that prior to submission you run a contract report, this will show where staff are on the system but no data has been entered, a simple reason for this could be that the staff member has left the school in which case you need to remove them from the return. 

Links to DFE guidance, a useful video and resources can be found at School Workforce Census – Guide to Submitting data. All the support guides and the video are right at the bottom. If you still require assistance after checking the guidance please email workforcedevelopment@essex.gov.uk and we will try to assist you.​