Frequently Asked Questions

What is Census 2021?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The last census took place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and was run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.

The government, local authorities and other public bodies use census information to help them make decisions on how to plan and fund public services. These include areas like transport, education and healthcare.

For more information about the census, visit the census website.

What is Let’s Count!?

To support Census 2021, the ONS has partnered with education resource centre iChild. Together, we have developed an exciting free education resource programme to help teach children about this unique event. It’s cross-curricular, leading on maths and covering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Foundation Phase, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with specific resources for Year 6. The Let’s Count! resource programme has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and the Geographical Association and has won the award for STEM Education Programme of the Year. This easy-to-use education programme can help improve maths and writing skills, using Census 2021, a significant real-life event, as a stimulus. New for 2022 are five fabulous census education resources, which you can use in the build-up to the Census 2021 population announcement in early summer 2022.

How can I register for Let’s Count! ?

Schools can register for the free digital resources on the Let’s Count! registration page.

If I don’t have much time, which resources should I use with my pupils?

There are five fabulous new 2022 census education resources, which you can use in the build-up to the Census 2021 population announcement in early summer 2022. We’ve presented these in a recommended sequence. If you only have time to run one lesson, we’d suggest the first lesson, ‘What can we learn from the census?’.

Can I still take part in Let’s Count! if we have another lockdown or my school closes due to COVID-19?

Yes. We’ve developed the Let’s Count! education programme so that the resources are flexible and save time. We’ve also designed them to support your school through the coronavirus pandemic as part of your recovery curriculum. So, you can use them to teach children both in the classroom and at home. The aim is to help re-engage children and families in learning and to celebrate your local community. During a lockdown, you could also use the video lessons and PowerPoint presentations.

How can I spread the word about Census 2021 to parents at home?

You can help spread the word about Census 2021 results and Let’s Count! by using your social media and direct communication channels with parents. We’ve provided social media templates on the Let’s Count! website to help you

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please email the iChild census team if you have any questions or need any help with the resources or website.

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