What once-in-a-decade event is happening right now?

It's the census!

As reported by Newsround: "The Census is a huge survey filled out by adults every 10 years which counts all people and households in England and Wales. This year Census day is Sunday 21 March."

It feels very relevant to our topic as it gathers lots of information about everyone, so that governments and organisations know more about the people they are serving. This helps them to make decisions about how to spend money and how to run things.

Children don't need to fill it out - parents or guardians do so on your behalf.

So what does it ask? When was the first one? And what happens if an adult doesn't fill it out...?

Read more about it here and have a go at the questions below:

  • What facts did you learn that you didn't know before?
  • Why is the census so important?
  • How many links to our topic can you spot?

For a challenge, you can find some extra facts here!

Comments (7)

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    19 Mar 2021

    Hi burnet news club in school this week we were actually learning about the census in the area that our school is located and it is very interesting some facts I learnt from this is

    Census and what it is?
    Census is a letter provided by the government to count up the data in the local area for example the area that our school is located is the faraday ward
    an interesting fact is that when you are counting data for the census if you are in an area you would usually put the word “ward” After the areas name
    But the main reason why we have to have Census it’s for the government to keep track of the data in the country they will usually send out a letter letting you to fill out all your details for mainly your parents
    Another fun fact is that the UK only send out the census every 10 years!

    Now we are going to look at an example let’s go all the way back to 2011 and were going to use an example of a ward i’m going to the example of the ward that I’m in the faraday ward
    You can use all types of data for example The number of people wanting a football pitch or the amount of people wanting new houses data can be anything but I’m going to use examples of Ethnic groups

    in 2011 it was recorded that 26.4% of people Were either English, Welsh, Scottish, northern, Irish, British
    In total The number of counts were actually 5052

    In this next ethnic group is Mixed/multiple ethnic groups
    In this group it was reported in 2011 that
    2.4% of people were either white and a black Caribbean
    1.3% of people were white and a black African
    0.5% of people were white and Asian
    2.2% of people were other mixed
    In total there were 825 counts

    Asian/Asian British
    0.6% of people were Indian
    0.4% of people were Pakistani
    2.8% were Bangladeshi
    2.7% were Chinese
    3.1% were other Asian
    In total the amount of counts were 1236

    Black/African/Caribbean/black British
    28.2% were African
    5.8% were Caribbean
    6.3% were other black

    In total the counts were 5173

    Other ethnic groups
    0.8% were Arab
    3.5% were any other ethnic group

    Well reading this I found this very interesting as the amount of people compare to others were very interesting. the websites that are used in the bottom of this comment feel free to check them out and to find out what your wards were back in the days hope you enjoyed reading this comment!

    Websites 👇🏽



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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 22 Mar 2021

      Great research, decisive_redcurrant. You've connected this news story to your local area too which demonstrates how even these big national stories have a very important place in our day to day lives.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    21 Mar 2021

    Census asks about age, housing, employment, and education to help government and communities enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination based on age. For example, age information is used to analyse the employment status of workers by age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). The first Census was in 1801. If you do not fill in the census, a census officer will contact you and encourage you to complete it. They will help you access any support you need to fill in your form. If you still don't return or submit a completed census, you will be committing a crime and you will be contacted by our Non-Compliance team.

    One of the interesting facts I didn’t know is that the entire 1931 census was lost in a fire. The census is important because it finds out all sorts of information, as I’ve said before and could decide where important things e.g. hospitals, schools, and many more are. Links to this topic could be; the government, Newsround, organisations and money.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      discreet_drum's comment 22 Mar 2021

      Good research, discreet_drum. Just remember to always use "speech marks" to show where you have taken text from a website, so we can tell what's yours!

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    24 Mar 2021

    I learnt that many jobs are 'going out of fashion'. It surprised me to learn there was once a job as a bee dealer and artificial eye maker!
    I also learnt that some people include pets in their census!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg dedicated_starfruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    25 Mar 2021

    The census is when the goverment register all people in their nation. It tells you where you originally come from, if you are employed, or where you live. It also identifies which sex you are, your nationality and what kind of passport you have. For instance, a English male has a British passport. He is a builder and is from Grange Road, SE1 3BW.

    By Dedicated_Starfruit

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Safia Mirza @ KPMG
      dedicated_starfruit's comment 14 Apr 2021

      Great point @dedicated_starfruit, the census does give the government a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. Why do you think the census is so important?

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