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School Autumn Census - Thursday 6 October 2016

Audience: Primary / Secondary Schools

This year’s Autumn School Census takes place on Thursday 6 October 2016.
As always, you can download our Helpline guidance notes and you can also download the DfE Guidance notes.
Please note:  the new Data Collection items of Country of Birth, Pupil Nationality and Proficiency in English are included in this Census.   These new items can be entered using the Bulk Update area in SIMS via Routines | Pupil | Bulk Update.
The Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) is also being collected, but on a voluntary basis until Autumn 2017.
Please aim to upload your Census on Thursday 6 October 2016.  The Live blade on COLLECT becomes available from 7.30am for all schools.  Schools are advised to upload a dummy return to the Familiarisation blade on COLLECT in advance of Census Day, to enable data checks and for early warnings of any potential problems. The Familiarisation blade on COLLECT is now open but will close at 4.00pm on Friday 30 September.
Please ensure that all statutory fields have been completed for all new students in SIMS, paying particular attention to the recording of Free School Meal entitlements (not the Universal FSM).  You can also encourage parents with KS1 pupils to apply for FSM if they are eligible (even though pupils will receive Universal FSM anyway), as proof of eligibility attracts Pupil Premium funding for the school. 
Secondary Schools with Sixth Forms should also be aware that Post 16 Learning Aims are collected as a part of the Autumn Census.  This year The ICT Service will again be hosting a Post 16 Census Workshop on Thursday 15 September, where schools can work on their Post 16 return here at Speke House and consult with other school users and members of The ICT Service team.  Each year it would appear that the goalposts are moved for making this return.  Working together can be a valuable exercise for all concerned.
You can book online now and attend for a half day for just £95, or the full day for £175, at The ICT Service Training Centre, St Ives.

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