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Schools Workforce Census

Page last updated: 02/02/2023

All schools are required to submit a School Workforce Census return. This return is a statutory requirement.

Dates for 2023 have yet to be published by the Department for Education but the census is usually collected in early November. This page will be updated when an official date has been published.

Academies should submit their return directly to the DfE via COLLECT. All LA maintained schools should upload to COLLECT for approval by the Local Authority, who will then submit to the DfE for authorisation. Please be aware the DfE can request amendments to a return prior to their authorisation.

Prior to submission this page will be updated with guidance documents and a checklist on what you can do to ensure your extracted school workforce data is accurate and any subsequent upload to COLLECT does not contain error and queries that cannot be resolved.

Please note it is the school's responsibility to make any amendments to their data in COLLECT and the LA will not action this on your behalf, this is to ensure there is an audit trail and transparency of data. To aid this, the DfE have produced a range of credibility reports in COLLECT to help schools check their data. Last year a significant number of schools uploaded members of staff without contracts and this could have been avoided by running the missing contracts credibility report before submission.

DFE Guidance

If you have any queries on the SWC for 2023 please email and we will assist you.