DfE corrects minister’s dodgy statement but is still inconsistent

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Back in June, Nick Gibb attempted to claim the government’s credit for the rise in the proportion of good or better schools since 2010.   But he cited incorrect data.  According to Gibb, 66% of schools were good or better in 2010.   But Ofsted data said 68%.

The Department for Education media department has noticed that the minister's data was wrong.  Its latest blog  gives the correct figure of 68%:

85% of schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 68% in 2010.’

It's encouraging that the DfE has used the correct data especially when the statistics have been cited incorrectly in the past.  A pity, then, that there was no acknowledgement or correction of the earlier error. 

Inconsistency in inspection data given elsewhere

A DfE table in a separate page also shows the correct 68% figure.  Unfortunately, the figure given in the subheading (in bold) is the lower 66%.

Somebody tell the DfE that 66% is not the same as 68%.

School places claim ignores contribution of LAs

In the same blog post, the DfE repeats its data about the number of new school places:

‘…we have created around 920,000 school places since 2010.’

But, as I pointed out here, local authorities, not the government, were responsible for a large proportion, possibly well over half, of these new places.  As I wrote at the time:

‘The Government is being disingenuous when it claims it alone is responsible for additional school places in England since 2010.    The much-maligned local authorities quietly played a large part.’

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