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Findings from the 'What the Dickens?' copyright education programme

In 2012, ALCS launched a schools copyright education programme in conjunction with the National Schools Partnership which was based around the bicentenary of Dickens' birth. This programme proved so successful that ALCS re-launched it again in 2015.

Aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 students, the programme features comprehensive lesson plans for teachers, activities and a competition for students. ALCS's aim is to raise the awareness of the concept of copyright through the programme; teaching about its importance and the economic impact on writers and their ability to continue to write.

A study into the impact of 'What the Dickens?' 2015 has now been released to measure how successful the programme was in raising awareness of the concept of copyright and increasing understanding of its importance to writers. We're delighted to report that the programme once again has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the copyright education of young people aged between 10 and 14.


Headlines from the 2015 findings:

  • 82% of those taking part agreed or strongly agreed that they had a better understanding of what copyright is and the issues around it..

  • 87% agreed or strongly agreed that they understood why copyright is important to creators following their participation in the programme.

  • 91% said that they think it’s important to learn about copyright in school.

The 2012 Results

A copy of the 2012 findings as well as the press release from the launch can be downloaded below. 

Findings from the What the Dickens? copyright education programme. 

Press release for the launch of the What the Dickens? findings