Get the facts: Education

21 June 2019

It’s time to stop saying there are “1.9million more children in good or outstanding schools”

This figure is technically accurate looking at the numbers since 2010, but it doesn’t factor in increasing pupil numbers or changing inspection practices.

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It’s time to stop saying there are “1.9million more children in good or outstanding schools”
20 June 2019

Are a quarter of 11 year-olds in England unable to read?

A quarter of year 6 students (10 to 11 year-olds) in England do not achieve the expected reading level in their SATs. This doesn’t mean they can’t read.

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Are a quarter of 11 year-olds in England unable to read?
11 June 2019

It’s still misleading to say 1.9 million more children are in good or outstanding schools

A familiar, and misleading, claim makes another appearance.

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It’s still misleading to say 1.9 million more children are in good or outstanding schools
3 May 2019

Front-page error from the Times about how much private schools save taxpayers

The Times claimed independent schools save taxpayers £20 billion per year. The report they referred to put the figure at £3.5 billion per year.

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Front-page error from the Times about how much private schools save taxpayers
1 May 2019

Government resurfaces misleading claim about good or outstanding schools

We called on the government to stop making the claim back in October.

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Government resurfaces misleading claim about good or outstanding schools
18 March 2019

Setting the record straight on climate change in the school curriculum

Climate change is a compulsory part of the school curriculum in England, but some students say they’re not being taught enough about it.

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Setting the record straight on climate change in the school curriculum
2 November 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 1 November came from Clacton-on-Sea. Topics covered included income tax changes, austerity, early elections, policing priorities, and the impact on Brexit of the investigation into Arron Banks.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
12 October 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 11 October 2018 came from Edinburgh. Topics covered included Universal Credit, Brexit, education in Scotland and whether it was quicker to order pizza or drugs.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
11 October 2018

The government should stop saying there are 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools

The accuracy of this claim is certainly not good or outstanding.

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The government should stop saying there are 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools
10 October 2018

Government school spending figures: correct but misleading

The government picked out a number of figures on education spending which, while correct, mask the fact that schools spending has been falling in real terms in England.

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Government school spending figures: correct but misleading
7 September 2018

Pay rises: how much do nurses, the police, teachers and MPs get paid?

All of these groups have had a reduction in pay since 2010, when you take into account inflation.

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Pay rises: how much do nurses, the police, teachers and MPs get paid?
23 August 2018

GCSE results: boys drive slightly improved performance

Overall, there has been a slight pick-up in performance levels, after a couple of years of decline in pupils achieving higher grades.

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GCSE results: boys drive slightly improved performance

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