Tories slammed over ‘misleading’ statistics

The UK’s leading education institute has slammed the Government over its use of a misleading statistics which suggests that 1.9 million more children attend good or outstanding schools due to reforms since 2010.

The report demolished the statistic, finding that over a quarter of the increase was due solely to population growth, and that a very high number of the schools which held a good or outstanding grade had not been inspected since at least 2010. In addition, over 100,000 pupils attend schools which haven’t received an inspection for at least 10 years.

The report was headed up by Jon Andrews, a former senior statistician at the Department of Education, who lamented the number of times he was asked to concoct a ‘killer statistic’ to use in debates and publicity. As he puts it: “I was there when this statistic first took hold, I should probably try and help it gracefully depart.”

The report concludes by noting that the reforms introduced by the Conservatives and Lib Dems have resulted in ‘little or no impact on overall attainment’.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner called on the government to give up the discredited statistic:

“It is now time for Ministers to abandon this misleading soundbite.

“It is fundamentally misleading for them to claim their policies have increased the number of pupils in Good or Outstanding schools when most of the change was caused by rising pupil numbers and schools that have not been inspected in close to a decade.

“Their structural reforms have so far had virtually no impact on overall attainment, and they should be honest with parents across the country instead of trying to pull the wool over their eyes.

“The next Labour government will create a good school place for every child as part of a National Education Service for the many, not the few.”

You can read the full report here.

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