Record School Time for Census

This is an optional data item introduced from spring 2023 which records for each school (except nursery), the total compulsory time pupils spend in school, in a typical 5 day week.

Where provided, this must be recorded to 2 decimal places.

  • Example: where a school is open for 32 and a half hours, this is recorded as 32.50.
  • Example: where a school is open for 32 and three-quarter hours this is recorded as 32.75.

DfE guidance

Important points:

  • This includes the total time each day from the official start of the compulsory school day (morning registration) to when the compulsory school day ends, (official home time).
  • This figure will be inclusive of breaks, as these form part of the total compulsory school day, however it will not include optional activities either before or after school.
  • The data entered should be representative for pupils aged 5 to 16 in the school.
  • The DfE recognise some schools have different school weeks for different pupils or key stages. In these circumstances, schools should report a middle year group, for example, national curriculum year 3 in primary or national curriculum year 9 in secondary schools.
  • For all other schools such as all-through schools or middle schools, you should use a middle year group or age group, which represents an average week in your school.


To update in ScholarPack

This is done via the relevant school census page in Admin > Census.

Find School Time in the table and click on the 'School Time' button


The next page will display as shown below - 


Enter a figure and press Save.

Once hours have been entered and saved the page will display as shown below: 


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