Autumn 2017 CENSUS Information

The Census Helpdesk will be available from 09:00 to 16:30 on Census Day.  The number is 0844 875 3922.

The normal Schools ICT Helpdesk will also be available on 01609 536086

 Latest Fileset 704 for SIMS Census

To import the fileset please follow the instructions below:

Right click on the file below and choose Save Target As (might be different depending on which browser you are using). Save this file to anywhere on your machine, we would suggest J:\SIMSData\Inbox although it might automatically save to your downloads folder. 

 zipFileset 704

 Find the saved zipped folder on your machine, right click on the zipped folder and choose Extract All.

In SIMS go to Tools > Setups > Import Fileset
At the end of the 'choose Fileset' box click on the little yellow browse folder and navigate to your Fileset. You will need to open the unzipped folder then choose the Fileset from here. The filename will be 0704-StatutoryReturns-Autumn2017_Fileset.mfs and will be the only file showing in the folder. Click on this file then choose OK.
Once selected click Import Fileset.

You will now see a message which reads "Import successful. Please close and re-open it." At this point, please close out of SIMS and log back in. You are now ready to start your Census return.

When you load the Census screen by going to Routines > Statutory returns > School Census, you should see the correct Fileset number (704) at the top of the screen.

 Autumn 2017 CENSUS Documentation

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Autumn 2017 - CENSUS Fileset

SIMS Users Only - please note that Fileset 704 is the latest version. If you are on Fileset 704, this is fine and you are able to continue with the Census return.

MIS Framework & Support

Autumn Census 2017 - known issues

The following are known issues appearing in the Autumn Census 2017, along with advice on what to do if you get these errors or queries on your census return.


Query 2010 "Please check: 10%+ pupils' year group different from their age"

There is a known issue with the DfE validation of this rule. This validation can be triggered incorrectly in schools with nursery age pupils, as the DfE coding will count all nursery age pupils that aren't taught in E1 or E2 as not taught in the normal year for their age. If you have this query on your return just ignore it and submit the return. DfE have advised that this query will disappear when the return is loaded to COLLECT unless it is genuine query.


Query 2070 "Please check: pupil's class type and year group incompatible."

If a pupil's National Curriculum year is N then their class type must be N, unless the pupil is not taught in a designated Nursery class.  If Nursery pupils are not taught in a designated nursery class (nursery pupils only in the class/not mixed year) then their class type must be O for other which will trigger this query.  

This query can be ignored and submitted on the Census return. 


Error 1852 - Child's funded hours not provided or out of the range 0 to 15 to two decimal places for pupils aged 2 or 3 

This error is triggered for 0 zero funded hours when it should not be. The issue is addressed in Collect so you can authorise and send your Return if it contains this error.


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