Census 2019 Timetable

The CES Census starts on 15th January 2019 in Wales and 17th January in England. Schools can complete and submit their returns during the support period which runs from the start date until Friday 15th February.

Census Support Helpdesk

Please remember that most support questions can be answered in the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have a support query please click here to raise a ticket on the online helpdesk. We aim to respond to all queries on the day they are raised. The online helpdesk contains an extensive knowledgebase as well as up to date information about ongoing technical issues should any arise during the census.

During the four week support period you can also phone the CES or your diocesan census representative:

  • Call the CES helpdesk on 020 7901 1909 between 9:30 and 16:00, Monday to Friday. The line is usually extremely busy.
  • Phone or email your diocesan census representative, who will be able to assist with common support questions.

GDPR and the CES Census

The annual CES Census is the source of all school data collected by the CES. No data on individual pupils is collected in the census. The name of the headteacher is collected, also a contact name and email address which are used solely for census communications the following year.

A document that describes the extent to which the CES census falls within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be downloaded on the CES website. This document addresses questions that the CES has received from schools that raised concerns about the CES census and privacy of schools data.

F1014 - pupils without a religion. If you get error F1014 when creating and validating click here for further information.


Schools and colleges should complete the return during the support period.

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Submitting your return

When you have completed your Census, submit the file here.

If you have not received the login id and password, contact the Census helpdesk.


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