Education

Fact checks about schools, teacher supply, childcare universities and qualifications

7 September 2021

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. The true figure is unknown, but likely to be …

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A survey of diversity in children’s books is flawed
7 September 2021

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’.

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Data doesn’t show parents will ‘insist’ on children wearing masks to school
16 July 2021

Figure of 100,000 children missing from school is out of date

An Evening Standard article claims that almost 100,000 children have not returned to school since the start of the pandemic.

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Figure of 100,000 children missing from school is out of date
14 July 2021

Nine in 10 girls did not say they’d been sent explicit images

Maria Miller is the latest person to misinterpret Ofsted’s survey on abuse in schools

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Nine in 10 girls did not say they’d been sent explicit images
6 July 2021

Why school testing data doesn’t tell the whole story

Data is based on tests reported and so excludes the many tests taken but not reported.

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Why school testing data doesn’t tell the whole story
30 June 2021

How common is sexual abuse in schools?

An Ofsted survey did not show that 90% of girls experienced it, although it does appear to be a common problem, from other evidence.

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How common is sexual abuse in schools?
29 June 2021

Pandemic school attendance: fact checked

The Centre for Social Justice has described around 93,000 pupils as “severely absent” in the 2020 autumn term.

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Pandemic school attendance: fact checked
3 June 2021

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. …

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Telegraph columnist wrongly claims literacy at the lowest level in UK history
15 January 2021

We don’t know whether teachers are more likely to catch Covid

Claims that infections among teachers are up to 333% above the average use incomparable datasets

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We don’t know whether teachers are more likely to catch Covid
8 December 2020

School funding hasn’t increased by £5k per pupil

The Conservative Party has made incorrect claims about education spending on social media.

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School funding hasn’t increased by £5k per pupil

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