School census 2018 to 2019

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Please note: It’s been brought to our attention that a previous blog regarding the School census 2018-2019 has encountered some technical issues, so this is a repaet blog post.


The DfE has decided that there is no longer a requirement to collect three items in future census’s and these are Proficiency in English, Pupil Country of Birth and Pupil Nationality.

Therefore under the GDPR you can cleanse your SIMS database of the previously collected items by having patches applied.

Patches to delete data no longer collected by DfE Census

Given the recent position of the DfE no longer collecting Proficient in English (1.4.3.2), Pupil Country of Birth (1.4.3.3) and Pupil Nationality (1.4.3.4), full details available here, Capita SIMS have release the following three patches in SOLUS3 to delete this data:

  • Patch 24423: Deletes all records for Proficiency in English information for all past, present and future students. Where a student has multiple proficiency entries, the patch will remove all instances of this.
  • Patch 24433: Deletes the National Identity for all past, present and future students.
  • Patch 24372: Deletes the Country of Birth and where present the Nationality (actually called Nation inside the expanded Nationality and Passport Details record, only where passport details are blank) for all past, present and future students.

If you would like for us to carry out the application of any or all of these patches, please contact our MIS Service Desk on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 as soon as possible so that we can plan a date for your school, particularly if you would like us to run them over the Christmas holidays.

If you prefer, you can email us at misservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk with details of your preferred date(s).


School census 2018 to 2019

School census 2018 to 2019

The DfE has decided that there is no longer a requirement to collect three items in future census’s.

Please view our recent blog for further details of these new requirements.

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If you are a school for whom we run the upgrade, we will be contacting you to arrange a convenient date. Important Information regarding this release School Census – this release will remove the Autumn pupil census functionality, therefore you should ensure that your Census has been authorised and successfully submitted prior to the upgrade […]

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