Arbor Spring Census 2022 guidance

Posted  12th January 2022
Posted by  Georgina Rowlands

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Arbor Census

Thursday 20th January 2022 is census day but for all you eager beavers you can carry out a dry run in Arbor now!

Simply click on the banner at the top of your Arbor screen or follow the route School > Data > Export > Data Returns. There you can click on School Census and generate Dry Run!

All your guides are listed here;

Primary   Secondary   All-through

And any other information or error code checking can be done here.

So what’s new?

Alternative Provision details

Schools have two new areas to record details for students they’ve sent to Alternative Provision placements, and students they are providing Alternative Provision placements to see how to record this here: Recording Alternative Provision placement details.

The data from the Autumn term is being collected in the Spring school census.

Please note that these areas are optional.

Learner funding and monitoring (FAM)

Schools can add the new funding types to Student Profiles to report they are in receipt of catch-up funding. You can see how to add this to students here.

For the Spring census, schools need to return the cumulative total number of hours (year to date) that students eligible for funding have received school-led tutoring.

Please note that this functionality is not yet live. Arbor are currently putting the final touches to the page that will allow you to manage and input hours recorded for students in bulk. This page will be accessible in time for census day.


The DfE refers to Fixed Period Exclusions as 'suspensions'. Censuses will display 'suspensions' in data tables so you can make sure you’re submitting the correct data.

For Permanent Exclusions that are still going through the review process, tick the Do not return in school census box to prevent errors.

As always SBS are here and ready to help so please do drop us an email or call 0345 222 1551 | Opt 3

Would you like us to do your Spring Census for you?

Let us take it off your to-do list this month by contacting us. Looking ahead, we can do ALL of this year's returns for you - whether you are already an SBS customer or not!

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