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Census education materials launch

Education materials to inspire children to learn about Scotland’s Census 2022 launched at the Scottish Learning Festival today.

These free materials provide teachers and those working with primary school aged children with short video clips and in-class activities to help support lessons about the census.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The Census plays a vital role in providing information about Scotland's people and in helping government to meet the needs of citizens in health, education, transport, planning, and community care services.

“I am pleased that the National Records of Scotland have worked with our national education agency, Education Scotland, to ensure that schools can access and use a wealth of education resources relating to the census.

“In addition to supporting pupils’ learning as part of the social studies curriculum, the resources will help to publicise the forthcoming census to pupils’ families, their parents and carers”

Chief Executive for National Records of Scotland, Paul Lowe said:

“With only six months to go until the census, I’m delighted to launch a range of education materials, which will help the next generation of young people understand what the census is and why it is so important to their local area.

“The information gathered from the census will inform things that really matter to our communities and help shape the planning and delivery of important services such as the building of schools, hospitals and roads.

“I’d encourage all schools and organisations working with children to use these free resources to help us make Scotland’s Census 2022 a success.”

Senior Education Officer for Social Studies at Education Scotland, Lynne Robertson said:

“Education Scotland is pleased to support these materials for schools.  The census is an important feature of our social landscape and learning about it will help our children and young people to become the responsible citizens and effective contributors of the future.”