to the adults’ section of the Kids’ Life
and Times survey website
What is the
and Times survey?
Life and Times survey was established in 2008 and is an annual survey
of all P7 children in Northern Ireland, covering what they think about
school and other things that are important to children today. The purpose
of the survey is to give children a voice in issues that affect them
and to give relevant organisations feedback on the views of children.
The survey is anonymous so no individual child can be identified.
The surveys take
place every year, and funders have included the Office of the First
Minister and Deputy First Minister, . Psychology Research Institute
(University of Ulster), Department of Education for Northern Ireland,
Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, and the
Improving Children's Lives initiative (Queen's University Belfast).
Each year, the children
taking part in KLT are asked to suggest topics for inclusion in the
following year's survey and some of their suggestions are incorporated
into the questionnaire. The questions asked in the surveys cover issues
that are important to children and have included:
- Bullying at school;
- The transfer
- Use of technology;
- Attitudes to
after school care;
feelings about themselves and their lives.
Each child is asked
for his/her consent at the start of the questionnaire and they do not
have to do the survey if they do not want to.
View the call for expressions of interest for the 2016 KLT survey here
is the information used?
The results of the
surveys are used in a number of ways, including being published on the
web, in reports, disseminated to and used by children's organisations,
used for educational training purposes and published in academic journals.
The tables of results from the surveys as well as the datasets in SPSS
format are available on the Kids' Life and Times website. We ensure
that anonymity is guaranteed and that information is not used in a way
that would identify a school, a child or a family.
To access publications
using KLT data, please click here.
To access the results
comics 'What kids think' or to see a sample of the animated questionnaire
please click on the links below.