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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’s claims about education in Scotland are not all quite right.
Education fact checks
School statistics don’t show 140,000 children ‘never came back’ after pandemic disruption
A figure quoted in the Sun by Baroness Karren Brady is the number of pupils who missed at least 50% of sessions last summer, not the number who’ve disappeared completely.
The numbers behind the PM’s maths claims fact checked
We’ve dug into the figures behind Rishi Sunak’s claims about the negative impact of poor numeracy.