Do our primary pupils receive least per child?

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.”

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. 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 average: £473). Meanwhile, Northern Ireland has the second highest level of expenditure on overall education per head of population (£1,453); the situation is better explained by the amount spent per head on education subsidies and n.e.c. categories (£257; UK average: £102). Continue reading Do our primary pupils receive least per child?

Do a third of graduates return to Northern Ireland?

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.”

CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. The claim that “a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland” is closer to a quarter. Continue reading Do a third of graduates return to Northern Ireland?