Education

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

23 June 2022

Public information film about the dangers of electricity has not been banned

A segment of a 1970s short film warning about the dangers of playing near electrical substations has not been banned.

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Public information film about the dangers of electricity has not been banned
12 May 2022

Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey

The data comes from members of the NASUWT teaching union who chose to complete its survey, so it can’t reliably tell us about the wellbeing of teachers as a whole.

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Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey
8 February 2022

We don’t know how many children aren’t on school rolls

The Children’s Commissioner for England recently claimed that 80,000 to 100,000 children weren’t on any school roll.

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We don’t know how many children aren’t on school rolls
26 January 2022

Parents mostly against face masks in classrooms

A recent poll found two thirds of parents of secondary school pupils were against mask wearing in classrooms, but the results may not be representative of parents generally.

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Parents mostly against face masks in classrooms
21 December 2021

Iain Duncan Smith’s figures on school absence are out of date

The former Conservative leader claimed that more than 90,000 pupils are now absent from school.

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Iain Duncan Smith’s figures on school absence are out of date
25 October 2021

Observer Twitter poll data on air monitors is meaningless

The Observer has reported that only 8% of schools have received CO2 monitors, based on a meaningless Twitter poll.

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Observer Twitter poll data on air monitors is meaningless
12 October 2021

MailOnline muddles professorship ethnicity figures

The Royal Society found that 3.5% of black academic staff working in STEM were professors, not that 3.5% of professors were black.

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MailOnline muddles professorship ethnicity figures
5 October 2021

Claim that up to 135,000 children have not returned to school needs more context

Figures supposedly showing that between 95,000 and 135,000 children failed to return to school this term are based on a snapshot of just one day.

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Claim that up to 135,000 children have not returned to school needs more context
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.

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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

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