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Please read these terms and conditions carefully. The terms and conditions on this website may be changed at any time without notice.


a) The 2021 Census Secondary Education programme (the ‘Programme’) is run by the Office for National Statistics of 1 Drummond Gate, Pimlico, London SW1V 2QQ (the ‘Promoter’, ‘we’, ‘us’).

b) By applying to take part in or taking part in the Programme, you are (i) agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions (the ‘Terms and Conditions’) and (ii) confirming that you have the permission of your school to do so. All entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions.

c) All individuals completing an application to participate in the Programme must be authorised by their school to accept these Terms and Conditions and apply to participate in the Programme. The Promoter reserves the right to verify such authority before providing resource packs.


The Programme is open to teachers from all secondary schools within England and Wales. Programme registrations from schools outside of these areas will be invalid.

How to take part in the programme

Visit the Programme registration website and enter all details required including your contact details, school name and school address. Privacy information can be found here.

Welcome pack offer

Offer available to first 500 schools teaching pupils aged 11-18 in England and Wales to sign up to the Census Secondary Education Programme. We cannot accept orders from organisations other than schools within England and Wales. Offer will close after the 500 packs have been fulfilled. The Office for National Statistics reserves the right to withdraw this offer. One pack per school.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has taken care to ensure that the information on is correct. However, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and ONS does not accept any liability for error or omission. ONS is not responsible for how the information is used, how it is interpreted or what reliance is placed on it.

This website uses security measures to protect the material we control from loss, misuse and alteration. However, we do not accept responsibility for any alteration or manipulation of our data once it has been released on the website.

The information on this website is subject to the conditions of Crown copyright, unless otherwise indicated. Reproduction of information is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence and the UK Government Licensing Framework.

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This website contains links to and from other websites. The Office for National Statistics does not endorse these websites and is not responsible for their content. We cannot guarantee that these links will work or that pages we link to will be available.


Census 2021 Campaign Competition

The competition is open to students who are residents in England or Wales and who are aged 11-18 in April 2021. Students may submit individual entries or entries in groups of up to six. The competition is open from 14 January. The deadline is midnight 26th March.


The winners will be notified by 23rd April from all eligible entries. The prizes are as follows:

Overall winner:

  • £1,000 IT equipment vouchers for the school
  • Winning entry will be captured for the public record in the National Archives catalogue and accessible to everyone, now and in the future
  • £50 vouchers for students within the winning group
  • A virtual workshop, delivered by the National Archives
  • Certificates for students

9 regional winners:

  • Entries will be captured for the public record in the National Archives catalogue and accessible to everyone, now and in the future
  • Certificates for students

The contact teachers of the winning students will be notified by email after the competition has ended. By entering, schools give permission for their school name to be used for publicity purposes. The contact teacher must acknowledge the email within 4 working days. If acknowledgment is not received by this date, new winners, and therefore new winning schools, will be selected.

The judges’ decision is final, there is no appeal system and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entries can be made online via the website, and must be submitted by a teacher.

The winners will be selected from all eligible entries received and judged based on how well they:

  • Show a clear consideration of the brief to create a campaign to encourage census completion.
  • Be directed at a specific audience.
  • Have a clear topical theme from the list on slide 16.
  • Have a clear and compelling message suitable for the audience.
  • Use an appropriate medium for the audience.
  • Show creativity.

Students who are related to employees of ONS and National Archives may enter the competition, but no reference must be made to this in the entry.

The competition organisers will not be responsible for any inability of a prize winner to take up the specified prize. ONS reserves the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any such gift, prize or item with a prize or item of equal or greater value.

The winners may be required to participate in publicity connected with the competition.

By entering the competition, teachers give agreement for the details of winners and their entries to be shared via the website and associated media channels.

By entering the competition, teachers and parents give approval for their students’ entries to be appear in the National Archives online display and associated media channels.

By submitting entries to the Census 2021 Campaign Competition, you confirm that for each entry submitted:

  • Your students are the only author of the work and that it is their original work;
  • You have not licensed or granted any rights in the work that will conflict with the usage / image rights required by the ONS;
  • You have the consent of their parent or guardian to grant the usage/image rights required by the ONS;
  • That it does not include any other intellectual property rights or other rights of any other third person or entity;
  • That it does not contain names, likenesses, or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead;
  • Schools will be responsible for any claim made by any third party in respect of your entry and to fully indemnify the ONS in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person or entity by reason of your breaching any of the foregoing.

ONS does not claim copyright ownership over anything submitted to this contest - the author retains full copyright ownership for each entry.

In consideration of ONS publicising the entry through the Census Secondary Education Programme website, social media, the entrant hereby agrees to grant to ONS, an irrevocable, royalty-free and unrestricted right to use, sublicense, reproduce, modify and publish the entry, including the entrant’s image and likeness as depicted therein, throughout the world for the following purposes:

  • editorial purposes;
  • promotional purposes;
  • any other purposes.

For a list of prize winning schools, please write to: EdComs, Studio 1.19, Canterbury Court, 1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE after 23 April enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope.

This competition is governed by English Law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

The competition promoter is the Office for National Statistics of 1 Drummond Gate, Pimlico, London SW1V 2QQ (the ‘Promoter’, ‘we’, ‘us’).