Qualifications and skills
Fact checks about a-level results, GCSE results, SATs and literacy levels
Telegraph columnist wrongly claims literacy at the lowest level in UK history
A Telegraph article was wrong to say literacy was at its lowest level in history, and that every international league table puts the UK near bottom for literacy and numeracy. …
Gavin Williamson did not say pupils will be overpromoted into jobs that are beyond their competence
Comments about A-level results incorrectly attributed to the Education Secretary have been widely shared.
Scotland’s maths and science scores are falling in international tests but rising in national tests
Boris Johnson said maths and science is at record lows in Scotland, where education hasn’t been debated for two years.
Education fact checks
A survey of diversity in children’s books is flawed
A BBC News article said 10% of children’s books have an ethnic minority character, but this figure comes from flawed research.
Data doesn’t show parents will ‘insist’ on children wearing masks to school
A Mail Online article incorrectly claims ‘23% of parents of secondary pupils will insist their children wear masks’.