Software to return pupil census, year 5

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Dear Department for Education,

I'm in the process of updating a study into the current state of the MIS software market in England and Wales.

I would like to see a breakdown of which softwares are used by schools to return the annual census to the department, and the number of pupils these softwares are used to manage. Please could you provide this information in an Excel spreadsheet containing the following fields: school number, local authority number, software, number of pupils on roll. I'm reliably informed that this information is held within the census return, though is not a mandatory component; providing this information will prevent me having to make an FOI request to every single school and local authority in England for the information, thus cutting the cost raised on those departments and institutions to provide it.

Thank you in advance for your help; it is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Kelly

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Thank you for your email dated 16 November about the school census. You
wrote: “I'm in the process of updating a study into the current state of
the MIS software market in England and Wales.

 

I would like to see a breakdown of which softwares are used by schools to
return the annual census to the department, and the number of pupils these
softwares are used to manage. Please could you provide this information in
an Excel spreadsheet containing the following fields: school number, local
authority number, software, number of pupils on roll. I'm reliably
informed that this information is held within the census return, though is
not a mandatory component; providing this information will prevent me
having to make an FOI request to every single school and local authority
in England for the information, thus cutting the cost raised on those
departments and institutions to provide it.”

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

An Excel spreadsheet containing the other requested information requested
is enclosed. The spreadsheet contains the local authority number,
establishment number, MIS supplier software code and number of pupils for
each school. It is not possible to provide the software supplier name as
this information is not collected. However, the software supplier code we
have included contains the software supplier name in the majority of
cases. 

 

I have provided data from the most recent complete census, which is the
autumn school census 2017.

 

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