Nadhim Zahawi repeated criticised schools stat on BBCQT

Zahawi on BBCQT

On Question Time this evening, Nadhim Zahawi asserted that 1.9 million more children are now attending good or outstanding schools 

Last month, Sir David Norgrove, the head of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), wrote to Education Secretary Damian Hinds and criticised the use of that stat.  He said that while the 1.9 million stat is “accurate as far as it goes, this figure does not give a full picture”.

As I explained on CapX:

There is important context around an increase in student numbers and gaps between Ofsted inspections of schools that helps in understanding the 1.9 million figure.

Zahawi, it should be noted, is a minister in the education department. He must surely have been aware of the issues that Sir David and the UKSA had raised.

Whether he meant to mislead the public or not, Zahawi still repeated a heavily criticised statistic on a major political programme.

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