According to The Telegraph, a teaching union-backed campaign has been reprimanded by the statistics watchdog for its claim that 91 per cent of schools face funding cuts.
The School Cuts Coalition, which is endorsed by all the major teaching unions, was criticised by the UK Statistics Authority for publishing “misleading” figures on its website.
The watchdog examined the campaign’s figures after James Cleverly MP, the Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party, wrote a letter of complaint.
In response to Mr Cleverly’s letter, Mr Norgrove wrote: “We believe the headline statement that ‘91% of schools face funding cuts’ risks giving a misleading impression of future changes in school budgets.
“The method of calculation may also give a misleading impression of the scale of change for some particular schools.”
Mr Norgrove said the most significant issue was that the figures on the website were a combination of school budget reductions which have already been made and those expected to take place in the future, and that the 91 per cent figure only covers England but the website suggested it covered Wales too.
School Cuts said it stood by its figures, writing in a statement: “The UK Statistics Authority is concerned that some readers might believe that all of these cuts are yet to happen. We are happy to clarify: the clear facts are that 91% of schools will experience real-terms cuts between 2015 and 2020. Some of those cuts have already happened, some are yet to come. All of them are damaging to children’s education.”
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