Get the facts: Education

5 November 2020

What does the new lockdown mean for childcare in England?

Our readers have asked us how the new lockdown rules affect childcare.

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What does the new lockdown mean for childcare in England?
5 November 2020

Fact-checking claims on coronavirus transmission in schools

Our readers have asked us to look into claims made by the NEU and Skwawkbox about Covid-19 transmission in schools.

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Fact-checking claims on coronavirus transmission in schools
4 September 2020

Reopening universities will almost certainly not cause 50,000 deaths

This assumes that every student in the UK catches Covid-19 this autumn, and that nothing is done to stop it

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Reopening universities will almost certainly not cause 50,000 deaths
27 August 2020

Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country

A study which found that students’ anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic than in October 2019 was conducted among year 9 students in the south west of England.

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Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country
27 August 2020

What do we know about Covid-19 transmission in schools?

The evidence is limited as fewer children have attended school during the pandemic, but broadly suggests that while there is some risk, schools aren’t likely to play a large role …

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What do we know about Covid-19 transmission in schools?
14 August 2020

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.

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Gavin Williamson did not say pupils will be overpromoted into jobs that are beyond their competence
7 July 2020

The government’s education funding figures need context

Figures given by the Department for Education about the amount of weekly funding for schools do not give the full picture.

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The government’s education funding figures need context
6 July 2020

Data from Barnardo’s doesn’t show the number of children needing foster care has grown 44%

Barnardo’s has seen a 44% increase in the number of children referred from councils to be placed in foster care during the pandemic.

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Data from Barnardo’s doesn’t show the number of children needing foster care has grown 44%
22 June 2020

Boris Johnson overstates number of schools with returning students

Boris Johnson was wrong to say that 97% of primary schools which report data were seeing children returning. The figure on the day he was speaking was 69%.

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Boris Johnson overstates number of schools with returning students
17 June 2020

Some children with no recourse to public funds are eligible for free school meals

A question at PMQs by Labour MP Stephen Timms suggested this wasn’t the case. Free school meal eligibility has been temporarily extended to some of these children.

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Some children with no recourse to public funds are eligible for free school meals
1 June 2020

The figure of 1 million children not returning to school is uncertain

Teachers were surveyed between 7 and 17 May on whether they thought families would send their children back to school when they reopened.

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The figure of 1 million children not returning to school is uncertain
1 June 2020

SAGE did not advise against reopening schools on 1 June

This was the opinion of the Independent SAGE, who are a different group of scientists.

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SAGE did not advise against reopening schools on 1 June

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