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The Big Ask – National Survey
School News
Monday 10th May 2021

As part of National Mental Health Awareness week the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is launching a once-in-a-generation review of children’s lives and we want you to take part.

It’s called ‘The Childhood Commission’ and it will identify the barriers preventing children reaching their full potential and propose policy solutions to address them.

At its heart is ‘The Big Ask’ – the largest ever consultation held with children.

In this survey the Children’s Commissioner is asking children and young people what they think is important for their future and what is holding young people back. The Children’s Commissioner will use what children and young people tell her to show the Government what they think and what they need to live happier lives.

It’s an exciting opportunity to help us think big and it’s a chance for every child in England to have their voice heard.

Take part here = Find out more and take part

Below is a video as to why the survey is recommended to be completed.

https://youtu.be/rHV4b5iwwmk

What is ‘The Big Ask’ survey?

The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England.  It’s being run by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza.

Her job is to speak up for children in England, stand up for their rights, and make sure that the people in power listen to what children need and want.

She will use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.

Why should I take part?

This is your chance to have your say on the things that matter to you. You can tell us what your life is like, what you want in the future, and anything you think is holding you back.

We’ll use what you say to tell the people who run the country or your local area what you think needs to change to make your life better.

What will happen to my data?

The survey is anonymous, which means that we don’t ask for any information which could be used to identify you like your name or phone number. We will keep what you tell us safe and private – it won’t be shared with anyone else. We will use what you tell us to understand how children and young people in England are feeling about things in their life and what they think will be important for their future.

You don’t have to answer any question if you don’t want to.

Why do you want to know what school I go to?

Children and young people have told us that the school they go to can have a big impact on their life and their experiences. We want to understand whether children and young people who go to the same or similar schools have similar experiences.

We will use what you tell us to understand what schools can do to support their pupils. This will help us to make sure that what you tell us has impact and helps to make things better for children and young people in England.

We won’t share what you tell us with anyone at your school and your teachers won’t know what you have said.

You don’t have to tell us what school you go to if you don’t want to.

Why do you want to know my postcode?

In the same way as the school you go to can have an impact on your life, children and young people have told us that the area they live in makes a big difference to their experiences.

We want to be able to understand how local areas can be improved to make them better for children and young people. This will let us make recommendations to the decision makers in your area based on what you have told us.

We won’t use your postcode to identify you, or your family and we won’t share this data with anyone else.

You don’t have to share your postcode with us if you don’t want to.

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