The UK Census (technically three national censuses) was (were) last collected in 2011 but school teachers have often struggled to make effective use of the data in their classroom teaching.
This website contains a full series of 10 lessons (complete with a scheme of work and downloadable resources) providing the opportunity for students to explore the 2011 UK Census whilst exploring a substantive problem – that of health inequalities – and learning a range of important quantitative and GIS skills through the use of the free GIS package, QGIS.
The lessons contained in this scheme of work are designed for Key Stage 5 pupils studying Geography or related subjects at GCE Advanced Level (particularly the AQA specification, although key skills will be relevant for all examination boards) or taking the International Baccalaureate.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of George Breckenridge (RGS Young Geographer of the Year 2013) who has helped us test and update the resources on this website.
Below is a video of us introducing the resources at the 2016 Geographical Association Conference in Manchester