DfE halts ‘all but essential’ data collections, and urges trusts to do same

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The government has paused “all but the most essential data collections” to “help reduce the burden” on schools and councils amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In an update published today, the Department for Education outlined which collections have been cancelled or paused (full list below).

Those paused will remain that way until the end of June, but this will be reviewed and extended if necessary.

A decision has yet to be made on data collections or services due to go live later this year.

Local authorities, academy trusts, and other providers, have also been advised to cancel or pause all but the most essential data collections.

The Department for Education suggested settings follow guidance stating collections should be cancelled if they meet any of these principles: they are not essential for understanding the current COVID-19 position, it’s not crucial for the running of education settings, to update guidance or business continuity, the information is already collected elsewhere, and staff are likely to travel to collate the information.

All research data collections not linked to COVID-19 have also been paused.


Data collections and services cancelled this year

Budget forecast return outturn (BFRO), academy trusts

National offer day survey, local authorities (to be replaced by a much shorter collection of essential information)

Special provision capital fund (SPCF) – local plan updates, local authorities

Section 251 budget 2020 to 2021, local authorities

School financial value standard CFO statement, local authorities

School capacity (SCAP) return, local authorities

Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP), local authorities on behalf of state funded early years settings

Key stage 1 (KS1) assessments, local authorities on behalf of schools

Phonics screening check, local authorities on behalf of schools

School census (summer), schools

Various collections relating to key stage 2 data, schools


Data collections paused until June 30

Academies capital grant – annual assurance exercise, academy trusts

Land and building information request for new academies, academy trusts

Financial management governance self-assessment (FMGS), academy trusts

LCVAP capital grant – annual assurance exercise, diocese

VA DFC – annual assurance exercise, diocese and non-diocesan schools

Childcare and early years providers survey, early years providers (including school-based nurseries)

Local authority capital grant – annual assurance exercise, local authorities

Application to designate religious character to a school, local authority-maintained schools

DfE initial teacher training early years recruitment data, providers

Extremism in education public referral, public

Teaching school alliance and national leaders of education data collections, including reviews of designations, schools

Devolved formula capital return for voluntary-aided schools, voluntary-aided schools

Consistent financial reporting (CFR) 2019 to 2020, maintained schools or local authorities on their behalf


Deferred collections and services

Budget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y), academy trusts

Section 251 outturn 2019 to 2020, local authorities



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