Tackling Educational Barriers

Evidence shows that place-based learning can:

  • raise attainment
  • help young people develop secure self-identities and
  • support well-being
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The 2017 Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) showed that more than half of all school children in Cornwall self-identify as Cornish.

The UK Government recognised the Cornish as a national minority in 2014. In light of this, we are keen to ensure that all learners have access to an education which reflects their self-identity. This is outlined in the 'Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities'.

We're inviting all educational leaders in Cornwall to complete a survey. The survey is designed to explore if, and how, pupil self-identities correlate to the learning content. It also looks at approaches currently on offer in schools and pre-schools across Cornwall. We will use the results of the survey to better understand how to support learning and well-being. We will also draw on the findings to collate and develop FREE resources and tools for use in and outside the classroom.

Please circulate this request and survey to your teaching colleagues. We need candid responses from all teachers at your school or setting to help us to find out what current provision looks like. We also want to hear your ideas for the future.

Please complete the short survey by 7th December.

Complete the Survey Online

Alternatively, you can print and complete the survey by hand and post in

What is the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC)?

The Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) is conducted by all maintained schools every January. It is a statutory duty for schools to undertake the census. The census records information about every pupil in primary, secondary, nursery and special schools in Cornwall. PLASC is designed to gather a range of information from pupils, including how they self-identify.

What is place-based learning?

Place-based learning is an approach to stimulate learning experiences. It draws on local community, culture and environment. There is considerable evidence to demonstrate that such an approach:

  • strengthens schoolchildren’s connection to where they live
  • improves social well-being and, most importantly
  • raises levels of attainment

Are the Cornish a national minority?

In 2014, the UK Government included Cornish people under the ‘Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities’. This recognised the distinct culture and history of the Cornish. It also gave them the status of a national minority. This is the same as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Irish, Scots and Welsh.

What is the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and what does it mean for school settings?

The Framework Convention is designed to protect the rights of people belonging to national minorities. It helps them to express, preserve and develop their culture and identity. It is designed to support tolerance, respect and understanding. It also encourages national governments to help schools foster knowledge of national minorities for the benefit of all. It focuses on the minorities':

  • culture
  • history
  • language and
  • religion