Guidance: School census 2024 to 2025: technical information

Department For Education

April 23
15:52 2024

This is technical information about submitting data for the school census for 2024 to 2025.It is for those who:

  • supply software for school management information systems (MIS)
  • use school MIS software

The specification shows:

  • changes to the previous years census collection
  • data schools should supply at school level and pupil level
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • how to check the data against the validation rules

You should also read the common basic data set. This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting school census data is available.

We engage with software suppliers through the software suppliers forum. Software suppliers can join the forum by emailing

Published 26 March 2024
Last updated 23 April 2024 +show all updates
  1. Updated 'School census 2024 to 2025: business and technical specification', 'School census 2024 to 2025: annexes' and added 'School census 2024 to 2025: validation rules'.

  2. First published.

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