We have recieved the following from the DfE -
"Thank you for your patience whilst the department considered the appropriate response to the current position.
We have used the last week to speak with the users of the January and February data collections to ensure that they remain critical and feasible to return and we have engaged with sector representatives to understand any difficulties that would be encountered.
Feedback has suggested that for those collections already planned, the majority of schools and LA’s should still be able to make a return and the data is valued not just by the department but also by the sector.In light of this feedback, we intend to
progress with our pre-planned data collections as normal.
Timescales will remain as scheduled but we do understand that there may be individual circumstances that make this difficult to comply with – if this is the case we will be asking schools and LA’s to let us know as soon as possible so that we can support.
Whilst most of the School Census requires details of pupils on roll, additional guidance will be provided by the end of the week to help you provide data for other items such as school meals and class activity. To help you prepare, it is likely that
this guidance will explain about how we will require details of what you would expect or what would be timetabled if schools was open as normal."
Futher guidance can be found on the
BSO School Census page.
If you have any further questions or require any support please contact