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CSO statistical release, 20 October 2016, 11am

Census At School

October 2016

Over a third of students have visited the GPO

Figure 1 Percentage of students who have visited these historical sites
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CensusAtSchool is a non-profit making international project funded by organisations interested in promoting good use of statistics, mathematics and data handling. Ireland became involved in CensusAtSchool in 2009 when the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), the CSO, Project Maths and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) collaborated to set-up the Irish website www.censusatschool.ie.

4,199 (1.1%) from an estimated 380,000 secondary school students completed the Phase 15 questionnaire of the CensusAtSchool survey between September 2015 and August 2016. The questionnaire covered a variety of topics ranging from 1916 related topics, the level of Irish speaking to the type of school transport used.

Interesting findings from Phase 15 results:

  • Over a third of secondary school students have visited the GPO. See Figure 1. Students who enjoy history are more than twice as likely as those who do not to have visited the 1916-1922 historical sites identified in the questionnaire. See Figure 2. 
  • Just under half (44%) of students are transported to school by car. Only one fifth of students walk to school. See Figure 3.
  • Exam and transition year students were less likely to know that the Census was conducted in April. See Figure 4.
  • The top three social networks and apps used were Youtube, Snapchat and Instagram. Females were far more likely to use Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat than males. See Figure 5.
  • Almost two thirds of students reported an ability to speak Irish (65%). Of those who can speak Irish, 63% never speak it outside school. See Figure 6a and 6b. Males are less likely than females to speak Irish outside school if they live in the Gaeltacht. This trend is not affected by the type of school attended. See Figure 7a and 7b.
  • Students were asked to indicate which sports they played in the previous year. The percentage of male students who played no sports was greater than the percentage of female students. Female students played a greater range of sports than males in general. See Figure 8.
  • Students were asked to indicate what word they would use to describe being Irish. The top two terms for both male and female students were “Proud” and “Hard-working”. See Figure 9a and 9b.
Historical Site VisitedMuch enjoymentNeutral enjoymentLittle to no enjoyment
GPO45.147420147420129.345088161209124.9859313449634
Dublin Castle31.633906633906622.292191435768316.9949352841868
Kilmainham Gaol27.94840294840318.387909319899215.3629712999437
Glasnevin Cemetery26.535626535626516.750629722921914.8002250984806
The Garden of Remembrance13.45208845208856.045340050377837.03432751828925
Béal na Bláth3.746928746928752.518891687657431.91333708497468
Beggars Bush Barracks3.808353808353811.385390428211592.13843556555993
Mode of transportStudents who used this type of transport
Car43.6974789915966
Bus27.1308523409364
Walk20.1920768307323
Cycle4.56182472989196
Other2.54501800720288
Rail1.39255702280912
Boat0.480192076830732
Students who answered April as Census month
First Year60.2941176470588
Second Year52.327221438646
Third Year37.5
Transition Year48.9885664028144
Fifth Year55.6451612903226
Sixth Year48.8888888888889
X-axis labelMaleFemale
Periscope 3.39605323542911.58651462568171
Tumblr 7.3428178063331817.3029251363411
Ask.fm7.985314364387337.04015865146257
Pinterest 8.1229921982560828.1606346058503
OoVoo 17.439192290041321.3683688646505
Vine 18.081688848095518.7407040158651
Twitter 27.856815052776526.7724343083788
WhatsApp 29.830197338228533.515121467526
Google+ 34.465351078476435.0520575111552
Viber 36.851766865534647.5458601883986
Messenger 46.535107847636550.6197322756569
Instagram 50.068838916934467.2285572632623
Facebook 51.675080312069854.9826474962816
Snapchat 56.631482331344670.1536936043629
YouTube 66.773749426342369.1125433812593
AnswerDo you speak Irish?
Not stated6.163
No 28.595
Yes 65.241
How often do you speak Irish?
Daily07.58241758241758
Weekly12.7106227106227
Monthly08.13186813186813
Yearly08.79120879120879
Never
outside
school
62.7838827838828
X-axis labelMaleFemale
Do not attend Gaelscoil30.645161290322620.9302325581395
Attend Gaelscoil31.707317073170723.0769230769231
X-axis labelMaleFemale
Do not attend Gaelscoil41.681260945709347.0661672908864
Attend Gaelscoil42.790697674418646.218487394958
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X-axis labelMaleFemale
Over 13 sports6.916.2
10 to 12 sports7.166.35
7 to 9 sports9.9611.91
4 to 6 sports17.5821.47
1 to 3 sports32.1732.23
No sports 26.2521.86
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X-axis labelUsage by female students
Proud14.38
Hard-working6.05
Fun4.61
Friendly3.47
Green3.42
Craic3.27
Lucky2.63
Amazing2.33
Grand2.33
Good2.28
X-axis labelUsage by Male students
Proud13.5
Hard-working7.39
Craic4.04
Alcohol3.54
Good3.26
Great3.08
Fun2.71
Potatoes2.48
Green1.93
Irish1.84

Background Notes

About CensusAtSchools

The Royal Statistical Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) started the CensusAtSchool project in 2000 in conjunction with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the UK. The project, originally a one-off, was linked to the UK population census of 2001. It has now developed into a dynamic, on-going and exciting initiative running in a number of countries. Further information can be found here:

USA                  http://ww2.amstat.org/censusatschool/index.cfm

Canada            http://www.censusatschool.ca/

Australia          http://www.abs.gov.au/censusatschool

New Zealand   http://new.censusatschool.org.nz/explore/

UK                     http://www.censusatschool.com/

Japan               http://census.ism.ac.jp/cas/

Sample

4,199 secondary school attendees from 169 secondary schools completed the Phase 15 questionnaire of the CensusAtSchool survey between September 2015 and August 2016. Because the survey is voluntary and not part of a representative sampling process, the results of the survey are less reliable in providing inferences about the overall secondary school student population.

Questionnaire

The CensusAtSchool Phase 15 questionnaire and more results from the survey can be found on the CensusAtSchool website at http://www.censusatschool.ie/en/take-part/questionnaires

A data tool for examining CensusAtSchool data can be found:

http://censusatschool.com/getmydata.php

http://new.censusatschool.org.nz/explore/

Map 1. Student participation in CensusAtSchool Phase 14 questionnaire classified by school's county

Map 1 Student participation in CensusAtSchool Phase 15 questionnaire classified by school's county

Note: The map only includes survey responses when the roll number on the questionnaire response matched a school roll number provided by the Department of Education and Skills.

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