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Census education programme is heading back to the classroom

The hugely successful census primary school campaign Let’s Count! is heading back to classrooms across England and Wales for 2022. It’s free for primary schools to register to take part and access some brand new free resources.

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Last year more than 9,000 primary schools took part in the Census 2021 education programme, which reached 2.2m pupils and parents.

Now, with Census 2021 results due out later this spring, we’re running the programme again, to excite children and families alike about census and statistics.

This year’s Let’s Count! will include five new easy-to-use lessons. We’ve designed these lessons to take children on the journey from data collection in 2021 to the published results and statistics in 2022. Each will be available in English and Welsh and are suitable for classroom and remote learning.

We will be encouraging schools to take part in the 2022 Let’s Count! day. We’re also developing a special video lesson delivered by a senior ONS statistician for participating schools.

We’d love to get as many schools involved as possible!

Let’s Count! has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry, the National Association for the Teaching of English, and the Geographical Association. It was also the STEM Education Programme of the Year in 2021. With maths and statistics at its core, the programme provides flexible lesson plans and engaging activities for pupils to learn how they can use statistics across many topics.

“By taking part in Let’s Count! last year, school children across England and Wales helped achieve an amazing response to Census 2021,” Deputy National Statistician Pete Benton said.

“We’re running this education programme again so children – the nation’s future doctors, teachers and even statisticians - can continue to learn about the importance of the census and the statistics it produces.

The programme helps pupils learn more about maths, geography and the history of their own local area, while also raising awareness of the census which informs many important things like the number of school places, hospital beds and GP surgeries.”

Free registration for Let’s Count! 2022 opens today, with resources available from March.

Register here:

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