The ICSE this week launches the 2014-2015 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire. If you are a teacher based in the UK why not take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources to help improve mathematics, statistics and data handling in your school.
Want to try it out before you use the resource with your class? Follow these simple steps:
- First get your LEA and School code from EDUBASE,
- Second, take the new questionnaire, although you may try any,
- Finally get your data back with a data request.
Want to know more…read on.
What is CensusAtSchool
Initially, when conceived in 1999 CensusAtSchool was run in cooperation with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which is responsible for the adult census. The aim was for each school class to be used as an illustrative population for a census. The same principles apply to the class as to the general population. As they were collected, data was added to a national database.
CensusAtSchool now produces a new survey every year for school aged learners to complete, that contains between 10 and 20 questions divided into categories – about the children themselves, their households and their schools. The distribution of questionnaires, the receipt of summary spreadsheets of the returns, cross-curricular worksheets for use in the classroom and the national database of pupils’ responses are all administered online.
It’s all about data handling
CensusAtSchool provides the opportunity to collect real data that excites an individual to investigate and enquire further, this is especially true when it is personal data that brings to life a story one has a personal connection with. Every academic year a new online survey is produced for 11-16 year old children that allows them to collect their real data via some core questions and a series of topical or themed questions.
The planning and collection of data by pupils has obvious long-lasting effects, multiple subjects are incorporated and topic boundaries crossed while integrating ICT and data handling that has real benefits throughout many curriculum activities, this is amplified further when data is analysed, discussed and disseminated.