Education

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

5 March 2020

The Kama Sutra is not the UK’s most popular book

Claims that the UK’s favourite books of the last three years include the Modern Kama Sutra and a scratch and sniff book about cannabis are based on limited data.

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The Kama Sutra is not the UK’s most popular book
14 February 2020

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.

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Scotland’s maths and science scores are falling in international tests but rising in national tests
10 February 2020

One in seven parents don’t read to their 7-9 year-old for more than 15 minutes per week

Research found one in seven parents spend less than 15 minutes a week reading to their young children, but that doesn’t mean one in seven children are read to for …

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One in seven parents don’t read to their 7-9 year-old for more than 15 minutes per week
14 January 2020

State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy

Public spending amounts to around 40% of the size of the economy. It’s been smaller before. It’s also been bigger before.

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State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy
10 December 2019

Angela Rayner is wrong on tuition fees

Angela Rayner claimed tuition fees were £1,000 under Labour and that Labour didn’t triple them. Labour tripled tuition fees from £1,000 to £3,000 in 2006.

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Angela Rayner is wrong on tuition fees
6 December 2019

£30,000 would be a high graduate salary for most new teachers in England

A commitment to raise teacher salaries to £30,000 by 2022/23 would likely put new teachers in the top quarter of graduate earners in England.

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£30,000 would be a high graduate salary for most new teachers in England
19 September 2019

Is schools spending going to be at record levels?

Per pupil spending in England is set to increase over the next three years to roughly the level it was at in 2009/10.

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Is schools spending going to be at record levels?
3 September 2019

Is £14 billion being spent on education?

By 2022/23 the government aims to spend £4.3 billion more on education, once you account for inflation, than in 2019/20.

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Is £14 billion being spent on education?
17 July 2019

Does the UK have the best education system in the world?

This claim is based on a survey of public perceptions of different educational systems. It is not good data to objectively rank education systems.

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Does the UK have the best education system in the world?
21 June 2019

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

The claim there are 1.9 million more children in good and outstanding schools since 2010 is technically accurate, 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”

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