Census at School

The CensusAtSchool UK project began in 2000 in conjunction with the National Statistics Office. The project, originally a one-off, was linked to the UK population census of 2001. It has now developed into a dynamic, ongoing and exciting initiative running in a number of countries.

It aims to:

• Involve students in collecting data about themselves and improve understanding of a data gathering process, its purpose and benefits to society

• Foster a positive attitude to statistics through using real data that is of interest to students

• Enhance the process of statistical enquiry across the curriculum

• Encourage effective Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teaching and learning, including the use of the Internet

• Provide access to large and meaningful data sets

• Make comparisons between the student responses in different countries.

This collection of resources from the project covers the whole primary and secondary age range. They have been written to help teachers use CensusAtSchool data in their classrooms, most are in worksheet format but many include data sets that run in Excel. A few solutions are also included.

These resources are made available under an open government licence v3.0.



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This lesson plan from CensusAtSchool is easy to put into practice in the classroom and is targeting the Year Six key objective of ‘Solve a problem by extracting and interpreting information presented in tables, graphs and charts.’

It involves the students in doing simple surveys and underlines the key...

Fee Fi Foo Fum

This lesson plan with starter, main and plenary from CensusAtSchool suitable for Year Eight students develops the concept of ratio. Students will Investigate the Golden Ratio (also known as Phi) using the ratio of height to belly button height data collected and presented as a dataset.

The resource comes...

Sample Data Handling

This resource from CensusAtSchool aimed at Year Nine students is a complete set of five or six lessons which gives an idea of how to implement the project in the classroom using the students' own data.

There are...

Statisticians Galore

What do you know about statisticians? This resource from CensusAtSchool gives information about famous statisticians.

This activity will provide a useful structure for encouraging students to think about what...


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