Welcome to CensusAtSchool

CensusAtSchool - 15 Years of Questionnaires

This year CensusAtSchool UK will be 15! It’s amazing to think there are adults out there using maths and stats who will have taken part in CensusAtSchool while they were at school, maybe you are one of them?

As CensusAtSchool has always been about numbers here are some facts you may find of interest.

  • 1,000,000 – the number of national and international records you can sample from.
  • 250,000 – the number of UK students who have taken part.
  • 3000 – the average number of monthly visitors to our site.
  • 1300 – the number of UK teachers who have registered since 2008.
  • 700 – the average number of monthly users of our Random Data Selector.
  • 200 – worksheets, more if you count all our lesson plans and activities.
  • 150 – the average number of monthly users of our Data Interrogation Tool.
  • 15 – Questionnaires, one for each year of the project, all live and still available on the site*.
  • 8 – online, interactive science experiments.

The project relies on an institution for funding, to host the project. As many of you know CensusAtSchool UK started out at Nottingham Trent University (in 2000-2001) and then moved to Plymouth University in 2009. We are grateful for the continuing support of our host, Plymouth University, but we are always in need of sponsors to support further development.

If you can support the work we do at CensusAtSchool please contact us to let us know. Remember, support doesn’t always mean sponsorship and funding, if you can help create a worksheet or lesson plan, assist with educational research, visit the centre or simply promote what we do at your school and through your own networks, well it all helps.

*This includes a standalone questionnaire created as part of our 2011 Census resources.


Random Data Selector now with Chinese, Arabic and Urdu

You can now select Chinese, Arabic or Urdu as the language for our RDS

The translations have come from a number of sources and have taken a while to compile, if you do happen to use them and spot a mistake and / or would like to provide a correction please let us know.


البيانات العشوائية المختاره

بے ترتیب نمونے کا سلیکٹر

These are the first new translations since we added Italian a year ago, if you can help us to add more please get in contact and we can send a compiled translation file in excel.

It is important to note that only the instructions for the RDS are translated, data and documents downloaded via the RDS are all still in English. Use the menu on the left to access the RDS or try it out using the link below.

CensusAtSchool RDS Chinese

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!


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