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Kids' Life and Times Survey

The Kids’ Life and Times (KLT) survey is an annual survey of all Primary 7 children in Northern Ireland covering what they think about school and other issues important to children today.

Set up by Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University (as ARK) and run every year, the KLT survey aims to put on record the attitudes, values and beliefs of the people in Northern Ireland on a wide range of social policy issues. The survey aims to increase participation and monitor the attitudes of children in Northern Ireland. (Visit the KLT site).

ARK surveys all children in Northern Ireland at Primary 7 stage (the majority are 11 years old). The survey consists of an online questionnaire lasting about 20-25 minutes which is accessed online in school. 

Links with other surveys

The survey acts as a complement to ARK's Young Life and Times survey (age 16) and the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (adults over 18 years old).

If you are interested in attitudes to community relations and political issues since 1989, time-series data is available on ARK Surveys Online from a wide range of surveys.

Reuse and impact of data

One major aim of the survey is to make the data freely available to the widest possible audience, and the results of each survey are available within 6 months from the end of the fieldwork..ARK surveys are a freely available and open resource for anyone interested in social attitudes in Northern Ireland. Detail Data have reformatted the SPSS files available from the KLT site into CSV (for use in Excel and other programmes), available from this dataset.

There is no charge to use the statistics or data made available by the publishers. However, the ARK team are interested in how the findings are used, and so would be very grateful if you would let them, or the Detail Data team, know how you have used them. In particular, copies or links to reports or articles are very welcome. Citation information is included with each set of survey data. ARK's contact details are available in the Helpline section.

Data and Resources

Dataset Info

These fields are compatible with DCAT, an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.
ARK Northern Ireland
Modified Date
Release Date
Open Definition
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area (WKT)
POLYGON ((-8.21777 55.3354, -5.42725 55.3354, -5.42725 53.9884, -8.21777 53.9884, -8.21777 55.3354))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Northern Ireland
Temporal Coverage
Survey participant
Data Dictionary
Each dataset links to a data dictionary explaining the variables relating to the questionnaire for that particular year (as question modules change annually). This full list can be accessed here:
Contact Name
Katrina Lloyd
Contact Email