This site has been archived. The work goes on at Full Fact.


Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 13/04/2011 - 10:26

Building icon

Oxbridge in the doghouse again

The Prime Minister and his deputy have got themselves into deep water by repeating claims about the admissions policy at Oxford University.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 11/04/2011 - 15:30

Building icon

An avalanche of learning disabilities?

On March 25, The Times published an article headlined “Schools struggle with attention disorder ‘avalanche’”.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 04/02/2011 - 10:39

Building icon

I'm not the ref, says Sir Michael

Some tricky footwork by the Government in presenting statistics on sport and on local authority funding has gone unpunished by the regulator.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 28/12/2010 - 15:00

Building icon

Turning a blind eye to the birth rate

Statistics are supposed to inform debate, and guide policy. That’s why we collect them.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 07/12/2010 - 17:25

Pie Chart

Burying the bad news about SATs

The Sutton Trust has long backed the use of additional tests, such as US-style Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs), as a means of assessing students for university places.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 25/11/2010 - 16:25

Pie Chart

School sport: the scorer stands down

The annual survey that showed a fifth of British primary school children participating in circus skills is no more.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 14/09/2010 - 17:04

Building icon

Are educational disabilities increasing?

Ofsted’s report on special needs education, published today, wins few points for statistical excellence. It is an opportunity missed.

David Lipsey :: Tue, 03/08/2010 - 16:52

Building icon

Spurious accuracy seduces journalists time and time again

An insidious abuse of statistics is spurious accuracy.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 08/06/2010 - 13:55

Building icon

Hymning the praises of Welsh

It’s no surprise that the Welsh Language Board wants to push the teaching of Welsh. That’s its job.

Rishab Mehan :: Wed, 28/04/2010 - 09:59

Building icon

Class sizes: a key pledge unmet

One issue in this election seems to hark back to 1997: school class sizes. Then it was one of Labour’s key manifesto pledges to cut class sizes to less than 30 for all five, six and