DfE Statutory Returns

DfE Returns are a statutory obligation placed upon each school. To help with these returns, Lancashire County Council Education Digital Services offer an Assisted Service for the following:

  • School Census (three times per annum)
  • School Workforce Census
  • EYFS/Key Stage

These are remote services offered to schools to assist with the process of completing the relevant return. As part of this service, a SIMS specialist will access your school remotely, guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have related to each return.

Education Digital Services also offer a complete range of guidance notes for each Census Return and for Early Years Foundation Stage & Key Stage Returns.

Do you subscribe to our SIMS Support service?

Please click on the 'Login' button above to access our SIMS Support pages.

If you don't already have a login, please contact us via our Online ICT Incident Reporting Service or by calling us on 0300 123 6797 to request your account details are resent to you.

Don't subscribe to our SIMS Support?

We have developed a range of support packages for schools using the SIMS Management Information System. Our SIMS experts are committed to working collaboratively with schools to ensure they are getting the most from their SIMS applications and the hardware they run on.

There are many ways you can find out more about SIMS Support as well as all the other services we offer. These include other sections of our website such as our Annual Support Services and On-site Services sections, or alternatively, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Business Relationship Managers on educationdigitalservices@lancashire.gov.uk or 0300-123-6797 (Option 2).

You can also request information via our online form.