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The date for this year's collection is Thursday 7 November 2019.

School workforce census 2019 guides.

As you know, for the majority of schools, for example, those using SAP for finance and HR or Payroll transaction, the local authority (LA) extracts the data from SAP and loads it into COLLECT on their behalf. In previous years schools were then asked to complete the rest of the return themselves by filling in any gaps within COLLECT.

The format now is for LA staff to contact each school individually, shortly after census day to collect any missing information required to complete the return.

Therefore, it is important for schools to collect this information and have it available for when they are contacted by the LA. Schools will not be required to do anything more than provide this information to the LA. Schools will only need to log into COLLECT if asked to do so by the LA.

Be prepared for when the LA phone your school (LA schools only)

There are a number of things that you can do in preparation for when contacted by the LA.

Please collect information on the following:-

  • any teacher vacancies at your school on 7 November 2019
  • the number of supply teachers at your school on 7 November 2019 and if they are qualified
  • any third party support staff at your school on 7 November 2019*

*This data item is a count of the number of support staff (teaching assistants and other support staff) by role, who are not employed directly by the local authority or the school and who are in school on the Census day, or the next working day.

Examples might include contract cleaners, nurses employed by a PCT and outsourced IT technicians. Therefore if you have any staff that may fall into this category, please keep a count of them.

Updating SAP ready for the School Workforce Census

SEN Co-ordinator

All schools are reminded to check and update details of the school’s SEN Co-ordinator in SAP. It is important this information is accurate as it will be included in your 2019 return. The DfE insists that every school has a member of staff with the roll of SEN Co-ordinator in their return. Instructions for amending or updating your SEN Co-ordinator can be found in the related documents area.


Schools are also required to update the School Workforce Qualification Section in SAP in preparation for the 2019 return (this information should be taken from the new starter’s form which should be photocopied and the copy retained in school).

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