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Take part in Let’s Count! day and you could win £1,000 of equipment.

Plus, the winning school will announce the Census 2021 population of England and Wales for the first time.

Schools can choose any day before Census Day on 21st March 2021 to do their counting.

On Let’s Count! Day children in participating schools will count things, perhaps on a walk in the local area. Schools will count and collect data on any subject that matters to them.

With the information gathered from the counting, pupils will then develop colourful census wall displays, including charts and graphs.

Register now to ensure you’re sent full competition details. The competition will open on 4 January 2021.

We will be accepting entries from 18 January 2021, when a link to the entry form will be featured here.


“The whole school took part in our school Let’s Count! day. Each class decided what they wanted to count and then how they would do this. It involved a lot of experiences such as walking in the village, conducting surveys and also looking at past census data!”
Burgh by Sands Primary School, Carlisle.

“We choose to conduct our census across the whole school. Children in the infants counted things found in the outside areas of our school and the junior looked at statistical data pertaining to the number of children in school and their dinner choices. The data was presented in a number of ways including tally, bar charts, pictographs and pie charts. We have displayed all our data in the school hall.”
Blackford Primary School, Carlisle.

“We began the Let’s Count! day with a whole school assembly, enthusing the children about the forthcoming census. Different classes chose different activities from the Let’s Count website, tailoring them to meet our rural needs. The children explored local data from 2001 and 2011, comparing population age. The children then presented their findings in imaginative ways, using art, graphing and infographics. All in all it was a great way to share the importance of data collection to enable to government to plan for our children’s future.”
Stoneraise School, Carlisle.

“We were delighted to participate in Let’s Count! and believe it has been a valuable contribution to our community. It has helped children contextualise many of the topics they are already learning. Plus, it has helped children understand the real-life application of their learning in geography, PSHCE and maths, which has helped us to deepen our curriculum.”
Halley House Primary School, Hackney

What can you count?

Pick any items which give a snapshot of your local area and which may vary in number from place to place. This can be anything from buildings to people, vehicles or wildlife. Ask the children to use their senses to make observations about what they see, hear or even smell.

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