Get the facts on education
Fact checks about schools, teacher supply, childcare universities and qualifications
Get the facts on… Qualifications and skills Spending on schools Routes after school
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’s claims about education in Scotland are not all quite right.
Education fact checks
Think tank figure does not show 100,000 children ‘never went back to school’ due to lockdown
Journalist Isabel Oakeshott twice claimed that 100,000 children left education permanently as a result of the pandemic.
£95k average headteacher salary refers only to state secondary schools
The Daily Express repeated a claim made by education secretary Gillian Keegan last month about headteacher salaries, which failed to clarify the figure referred only to those in secondary schools