Interactive post-16 school census tool
31 Aug 2021
Some institutions risk not getting the funding they should because of inaccurate data returns.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency's (ESFA's) post-16 interactive census tool will help you understand how your data is used to calculate your post-16 funding, as well as helping you understand common errors and how they impact on the funding we calculate. It will be particularly useful to business managers and staff responsible for preparing and submitting the autumn school census return.
This tool is designed to:
- support the return of accurate post-16 school census data,
- help schools and academies understand how their school census data is used to calculate their post-16 funding,
- explain common errors and how they impact on the level of funding.
It describes each element of the funding formula (student numbers, retention rate for example) and which parts of census data we use for each element. Each element is illustrated with example data.
The tool can be found online here - Interactive post-16 school census tool - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The guidance is in an Excel workbook. Please make sure that macros are enabled after opening the tool so that the workbook functions properly.