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Press releases : Award-winning 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.

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, the Office for National Statistics has once again teamed up with education resource centre, iChild, to excite children and families alike about census and statistics.

Let’s Count! has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry, National Association for the Teaching of English, and the Geographical Association, and was named as 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.

This year’s Let’s Count! will include five new easy-to-use lessons designed 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.

Phil Bird, CEO of Family & Education/iChild said: “We are delighted to be working with the ONS again to offer primary schools the award-winning Let’s Count! education programme. The new lessons help improve numeracy, geography and writing skills, using Census 2021, a significant real-life event, as a stimulus.

“Lessons cover the curriculum in England and Wales and can be used for both classroom and remote learning. We encourage primary schools to register today!”

Schools will be encouraged to take part in the 2022 Let’s Count! day and a special video lesson is being developed for participating schools to be delivered by a senior ONS statistician.

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

Census 2021 was a huge success with 97% of households across England and Wales taking part. The ONS is now busy turning the information provided into statistics we can all use, with the first results due out in late spring.

Register here: (opens in a new tab) 

For information about Census 2021 head to (opens in a new tab)  or follow @census2021 (opens in a new tab)