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About the competition

The It’s Our Story Competition asks students to create a community campaign that persuades the people in their local area to take part in Census 2021.

Students are guided to learn about the census and come up with a campaign that encourages those in their local community to take part. Flexible classroom activities and resources developed in partnership with teachers are available for download. Secondary School and College students from England and Wales aged 11–18 are eligible to take part.

Students will make a real difference in their community and will learn valuable skills for the future workplace – as well as being in with a chance to win great prizes including an online Q and A with Gogglebox star and TikTok celebrity Tom Malone, the chance to be included in a public catalogue of winning entries at The National Archives and £1,000 of IT equipment vouchers for your school! It’s easy to get involved.

Expert judging panel:

  • Laura McInerney, Education Journalist & Co-Founder of Teacher Tapp
  • Andrew Payne, Head of Education & Outreach, The National Archives
  • Karen Campbell-White, Deputy Director, Office for National Statistics
  • Nick Fuller MBE, President, EVERFI
  • Tom Firth, MD, M&C Saatchi

Share this film with your students for an introduction to the competition and tips on how to come up with a winning entry.

Submit an entry

It's easy to enter the competition. Simply fill in the online form with a short description of each campaign’s approach and include at least one image showcasing where and how it was publicised. Remind your students to stay Covid-safe and follow current advice about social distancing.

All entries must be submitted by 26 March 2021.

Submit your entry now

How to take part

To make it as easy and fun as possible to take part, we’ve created a range of helpful teaching resources.

Download free, flexible lesson plans that use real-life context to bring the subject to life. Designed to be used during English and Business Studies lessons and form time. Use the campaign planners to support students in creating their campaigns, either in the classrooms or remotely.

Activities have been developed with teachers and can be delivered in the classroom or virtually. Remind your students to follow the current advice about social distancing and staying Covid-safe.

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