The School Census Autumn 2021 is on Thursday 7th October 2021 with a return to the DfE date of Wednesday 3rd November 2021, see the other date ranges below:
13-09-2021 - V2 documentation released with updated Funding & Monitoring information
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Preparing v2 - Primary Phase
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Preparing v2 - Secondary
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Preparing v2 - Post-16
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - Primary
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - Secondary
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - All Through
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - Nursery
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - Special
- School Census Autumn 2021 - Producing v2 - PRU
Filesets - updated 14/09/2021
Please Note Fileset 1901 is NOT suitable for use in a dry-run or for authorising your return.
The DfE have produced some very late changes for Funding and Monitoring, requiring ESS to change SIMS functionality, this functionality was released as a workstation patch and fileset 1901 on 14th September. We are working to roll out the Summer Upgrade along with the workstation patch and fileset 1901. 1901 only puts in detailed reports for the Funding and Monitoring it does not include the base release of the DfE validation. This will be due in fileset 1902 which ESS hope to release on the 22nd September.
- Learner repeating year 13 as part of the DfE's education recovery initiative.
Where a learner is repeating year 13 as part of the DfE's education recovery initiative, the DfE expects the programme and learning aims for the repeat year to be reported separately in School Census Autumn 2021 to the learners previous programme and learning aims. As you probably know, the course management application in SIMS will normally extend programmes and learning aims when a learner joins an appropriate classes for an addition year. However, this will not be a problem for the School Census Autumn 2021, as ESS will be modifying School Census Autumn 2021 so that where repeating the final year as part of 'education recovery' has been indicated for a learning, it will report the 'original' programme and learning aims as ending at the end of 'working' academic year 2020/21, e.g. 21/07/2020, and the 'new' programme and learning aims as starting at the start of 'working' academic year 2021/22, e.g. 03/09/2021.
New fields for the DfE's education recovery initiative
Following consultation with ESS SIMS and other parties, the DfE is publishing some very late changes to its CBDS (Common Basic Data Set) for academic year 2021/22, which will be needed for schools to record the funding and monitoring data required from schools regarding the government education recovery funding. The data recorded in these new fields will apply from the start of academic year 2021/22, with most of the new data reported to the DfE by School Census Autumn 2021, with the Spring and Summer school census also expanding so that all the new fields are reported to the DfE before the end of academic year 2021/22. Some aspects of the education recovery initiative may continue for academic years 2022/23 and 2023/24, but to some extent this will depend on the success of this initiative for academic year 2021/22, as indicated via the school census and other sources of data used for such decisions.
An outline of the CBDS changes will be provided shortly and a description of the impact on School Census Autumn 2021 will appear soon after.
ESS are planning to provide both the CBDS changes and the School Census Autumn 2021 changes via a workstation patch for the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2021.