Welcome to CensusAtSchool

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We regret that due to a problem with our server the current 2014/2015 questionnaire is not available, we hope to have it back online shortly.

In the meantime you might like to try one of our previous questionnaires, the most recent being our 2011 Census questionnaire and, our most successful questionnaire ever, the 2008/2009 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire. Use the links under 'Taking Part'.

The Random Data Selector and Data Interrogation Tool are also available if you would like a sample of data for your class to work from. Use the links under 'Get Data'.

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Effective tables and graphs - UK Government Guidance

The UK Government Statistical Service have recently produced a document with guidance on effective use of graphs and tables in official government statistics. This aims to "ensure that the graphs and tables we produce convey key messages quickly and effectively".

Although this relates to official UK government statistics it could be used as a clear and concise guide for using graphs and tables in the classroom. If you are working on a data driven class project with lots of visualisations it would be very handy, especially in relation to #CensusAtSchool data.

In general:
  • Select the right graph for the job.
  • Make it 'make sense' without a long explanation or even without one...but don't forget titles and references.
  • Focus on the 'story', what are you attempting to say / show.
  • Use colour sparingly, with restraint and consistency.
We would also add; only use Pie and Donut charts when absolutely necessary, some people would argue this is never, you decide.

Download the UK Government Statistics Service Guide

CensusAtSchool 2014/2015 - Find the top biscuit in your school!

Take part in the brand new questionnaire with your class now

This year our CensusAtSchool Questionnaire is comprised of 15 questions designed to return a diversity of continuous and discrete data for your class to explore.  We have again included our online mapping tool which returns the distances and time taken for learners to travel to and from school.  New questions include:

  • What might you be famous for in 2035?
  • What activities have you and your family taken part in over the past 7 days?
  • How many text messages did you send yesterday?

A winning biscuit?

The questionnaire also asks members of your class to rank 12 top biscuits
- which one will win? 

Find out all you need to know to get started right now!


CensusAtSchool.ie 2013/2014 Results Published

New Irish data is now available in our Random Data Selector and DataTool

This week at the John Hooper Medal for Statistics results event, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland revealed some key results from the CensusAtSchool.ie 2013/2014 Questionnaire. To coincide with the event the cleaned data has now been added to our RDS and DataTool that you can find using the menu on the left.

The Irish 2013/2014 questionnaire covered a variety of topics ranging from how much you trust different types of people, favourite takeaway foods, students' weekly income and reading habits.

You can view all the result using the link below, that includes a link to the CSO site and a list of John Hooper Medal winners.

Irish 2013/2014 Results
John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2014 Results

How Well Do You Know Your Area?

New ONS 2011 Census Quiz

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), one of our sponsors, have released a fantastic new 2011 Census Quiz called 'How Well Do You Know Your Area' as the name suggests the quiz asks a series of questions to see how well you know the numbers behind your local area (found by using your postcode).

How Well Do You Know Your Area?

The ONS have a steady stream of 2011 Census output that you can keep up with by visiting their website, or better still, following their twitter account @ONS.

Many of our latest cross-curricular resources contain lessons based around 2011 Census output so the quiz would make an excellent addition to any of these lessons. Use the menu on the left to find our 2011 Census resources or for the latest click here.


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