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Real Statistics

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Do you know about Census at School? It is a project which collects data from children all around the world and makes it available on their website for anyone to look at.

This table comes from an old page on the Census at School website. This data was collected from the first questionnaires in Autumn 2000 and includes responses from children in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It shows how pupils travel to school:

travel to school table

Which is the most popular way of getting to school for primary pupils?
How about for secondary pupils?
Can you think of any reasons why these might be different?
Which is the most common way of travelling to school overall?
Can you explain why this answer is different again?
What do you think the "Other" category means?

Conduct your own survey on how everyone gets to school, perhaps in your class or year group.
Present your results in a table, chart or graph and please send it in to us.
Compare your findings to those in the table (you might want to look just at the primary or secondary data, depending on how old you are).
How are your results different?
Are there any similarities?
Can you think of any reasons why your findings might be different or similar?

Don't forget that Census at School is always looking for more data, so if you would like your class or school to take part, then you could talk to your teacher.