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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Spurious accuracy seduces journalists time and time again

An insidious abuse of statistics is spurious accuracy.

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

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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

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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