The BBC is reporting that all children in England will need to know their 12 times table by the time they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary…
And Nicky Morgan tells the Sunday Times pupils aged 11 should know correct punctuation, spelling and grammar.
She promises a future Tory government will extend schemes to send “superheads” in to failing schools.
Mrs Morgan wants England to be in the top five in the world for English and maths by 2020. It is currently 23rd.
She also wants the country ranked as top of the European league tables by the same year if the Conservative Party win the general election.
Mrs Morgan writes: “This aim is unapologetically ambitious. The speed with which we slid down international league tables under the previous government is one of the starkest examples of their failure.
“Returning us to our rightful place will be a symbol of our success. To achieve this, we will launch a war on illiteracy and innumeracy.”
…Mrs Morgan said: “We will expect every pupil by the age of 11 to know their times tables off by heart, to perform long division and complex multiplication and to be able to read a novel.
“They should be able to write a short story with accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar.
“Some will say this is an old-fashioned view, but I say that giving every child the chance to master the basics and succeed in life is a fundamental duty of any government…”
See the original full interview in the Sunday Times at: War declared: illiteracy and innumeracy must perish
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