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CensusAtSchool 13 Results (2013/2014) Print

It's official - girls have twice as many pairs of shoes as boys. Not too surprising really! And 80% of students have some form of weekly income, with 16 to 17% getting this income from paid work. Have a look at the published findings and you'll get an insight into students' habits and views. In total 4,906 secondary school students completed the 2013/2014 CensusAtSchool questionnaire between September 2013 and August 2014.

The questionnaire covered a variety of topics ranging from how much you trust different types of people, favourite takeaway foods, students' weekly income and reading habits. 

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published a special release of the highlights from these results on 16/10/2014.


CensusAtSchool 13 - Results and Analysis

Interesting findings from CensusAtSchool 13:

  • Over four-fifths of students receive a weekly income. Pocket money (32% in females and 33% in males) and paid work (16% in females and 17% in males) are the most popular type of payments being received.
  • Chinese (33%), Pizza (28%) and Chips (10%) were student’s favourite take-away foods.
  • On average, students indicated they own 12 pairs of different types of footwear. Female students (16 pairs) indicated they own twice as many pairs of footwear as male students (8 pairs).
  • When asked about the level of trust of a selection of social entities, students indicated they have the most trust in their classmates and the Gardaí. Students indicated they had the least level of trust for politicians and the press.
  • Physical education (13%) and Art (12%) were student’s favourite subjects at non-fee paying secondary schools. In contrast, Mathematics (11%) and English (9.5%) were the favourite subjects of students attending fee paying secondary schools.
  • 64% of students indicated they have read a book in the last month. Fantasy/Sci-fi (18.7%), Adventure (18.6%) and Romance (12.8%) were students' most popular genre of book.
  • Responses indicate that students in the more northerly counties of Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Longford and Westmeath had the lowest resting heart rates (60-65 beats per minute (bpm). When students measured their heart rate after a short burst of exercise it was students in Offaly that had the smallest percentage rise in their bpm (20-29%).

Further analysis ...

Stem and leaf plot of the resting heart rate of male students aged 14

Stem and leaf plot of resting heart rate


Stem and leaf plot of the of the foot length of 18-year-old students, classified by gender

Stem and leaf of the foot length of 18 yr old classified by gender of student


Distribution of height by Sex
The chart below shows the distribution of student height according to sex.

height distribution of students by sex 2013 results


Scatter plot of Student Height vs Arm Span
Students were asked in the survey to provide a measurement for their height and arm span. The results are presented using a scatter plot in the chart below. The survey indicates a strong positive correlation association between height and arm span, where taller students tended to have a longer arm span.

scatter plot for 2013 results

Box Plot of Age by Student Height
The charts below shows the distribution of the male and female height of students classified by their age. The inter quartile range (highlighted in yellow) of the two charts indicate the Male and Female students had the greatest range of height at age 12 and 13.

Box Plot of Students classified by height







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