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Do our primary pupils receive least per child?
28 March 2018

CLAIM: “For every child coming into school in Northern Ireland, they are getting much less than their counterparts in other regions of the United Kingdom.”

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Public expenditure on pre-primary and primary education in Northern Ireland is least per child (£3,440; UK average: £4,316) and per head of population (£416; UK

Education

Do a third of graduates return to Northern Ireland?
23 March 2018

CLAIM: “…a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland, mainly to the North West of England and Scotland, and only a third of those who graduate return back home.”

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The claim that “a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland” is closer to a quarter. On

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Was funding cut for youth work?
23 February 2017

CLAIM: The Irish News wrote that a funding cut places hundreds of youth work posts at risk.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

There is no evidence of any cut, nor any proposed cut. Yet there is uncertainty about continued funding, for this and other programmes, in light

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TheJournal.ie: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act?
30 January 2017

CLAIM: “The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”

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The St Andrew’s Agreement committed the UK Government to an Irish Language Act, but subsequent legislation compelled the Northern Ireland Executive to produce a strategy

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Health

Does Northern Ireland have a high teenage pregnancy rate?
24 August 2016

CLAIM: The United Kingdom has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe.

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The claim is true, however, the teenage pregnancy rate in Northern Ireland was the lowest within the British Isles in 2014. According to the most recent

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Do 38% of students have to leave Northern Ireland?
21 June 2016

CLAIM: 38% of students have to leave Northern Ireland at age 18 for higher education.

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INACCURATE

Most recent data show a third (33.5%) of school leavers continue studies outside Northern Ireland. While public investment policy in further education is a significant

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Has Sinn Fein Education Minister improved outcomes for most disadvantaged?
4 May 2016

CLAIM: Since 2011 the Sinn Féin Education Minister John O’Dowd has "improved educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged", and consequently "58.5% of children receiving Free School Meals (FSM) now obtain 5 GCSEs A*-C, compared to 31.5% previously."

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The claim fails to distinguish between students that are eligible for Free School Meals and those who actually receive them. However, once corrected for this