Education

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

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

This doesn’t factor in the fact that pupil numbers have risen and inspection practices have changed.

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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

You can’t properly compare the level of good or outstanding schools in 2018 with 2010, because of changes to school inspection practices.

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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 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 and education in Scotland and the line-up included Kezia Dugdale, Mike Russell and Fraser Nelson.

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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 government’s claim about more children in good or outstanding schools doesn’t acknowledge the impact of rising pupil numbers, and that many schools haven’t been inspected since 2010.

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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

Spending per pupil in England fell by 8% in real terms from 2009/10 to 2017/18, and will be held constant from 2017/18 to 2019/20. UK education spending was about average …

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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?

Several claims have been made about pay changes for police, teachers, nurses and MPs. We took a look at them.

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

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