The Children’s Commissioner for England has recently launched The Big Ask, the biggest ever consultation with children undertaken in this country and is asking schools to share the surveys with their school communities.
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is independent from the government, and her job is to promote and protect the rights of children, especially the most vulnerable, and to stand up for their views and interests.
The Big Ask is an online survey that aims to find out what this past year has been like for children and young people aged 4-17 and to ask them about their aspirations and concerns about the future. There is also a separate adult survey for parents, carers and adults that are care leavers or who work with children.
The survey will look at issues “highlighted and amplified by the COVID pandemic” but will also address the “policy shortfalls that have held back the lives of children for many decades”. The results will help the Children’s Commissioner to identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.
Beacon Academy students have heard about The Big Ask via this week’s Student Bulletin and the link to the survey has been sent to all students today via EduLink. Although the survey is optional, we are encouraging our students to take this opportunity to make their views heard.
The link to the survey for children and young people is provided for your reference below:
Parents and carers and adults that are care leavers or that work with children are also invited to complete the adult survey, linked below:
The survey is anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey is open until Wednesday 19th May.
If you have any questions about the survey, please visit The Big Ask: FAQs page.