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School workforce census

Preparing for Census
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The School workforce census (SWC) is an annual statutory requirement which was introduced in 2010 by the Department for Education. It is a collection of data about each member of teaching and support staff working in local authorities, local authority-maintained schools and academies.

Why the data is collected
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The school workforce census is the DfE’s primary source of data on school staff, and informs departmental policy on pay and the monitoring of the effectiveness and diversity of the school workforce.

Useful Information
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There is useful information below to assist you with preparing for the census.