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School funding claims called into question.

School funding claims called into question.

School funding claims made by the Department for Education used "misrepresented" and "exaggerated" figures, says the UK's statistics watchdog.

The UK Statistics Authority, in a letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds on Monday, says it had "serious concerns" about the department's "presentation and use of statistics".

The DFE was urged to improve how it presented information, to ensure that it "does not mislead".

"For a department that is in charge of the nation's numerical skills, this is getting embarrassing," said Sir David Spiegelhalter, president of the Royal Statistical Society.

"Ministers need to get a grip," said Sir David.

The statistics watchdog launched an investigation into education ministers' claims for high levels of school funding by international standards - when it emerged from BBC reports that spending figures included other non-school and non-government spending.

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