Nicky Morgan announces ‘war on illiteracy and innumeracy’

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…”

More at: Nicky Morgan announces ‘war on illiteracy and innumeracy’

 

See the original full interview in the Sunday Times at: War declared: illiteracy and innumeracy must perish

 

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Comments

  1. h_emoney

    SchoolsImprove “The speed with which we slid down international league tables under the previous govt…” #Nicky we’ve had 5yrs of Tories

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What do you think teachers have been trying to do regarding the learning of tables etc NickyMorgan01? More idiocy from govt

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The suggestion from NickyMorgan01 that current primary teachers don’t really try/care re: numeracy/literacy is appalling

  4. supernash69

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 They’re all ‘waging war on education’ this morning. Have they any idea how mad that sounds?

  5. andylutwyche

    supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Clearly not. Good luck staffing all these education policies is what I say!

  6. bentleykarl

    andylutwyche supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Tories must be daft if they think they can turn public against teachers.

  7. andylutwyche

    bentleykarl supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 To be fair Labour via TristramHuntMP saying to “Stop moaning” etc is doing ok too

  8. bentleykarl

    andylutwyche supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Over 1/2 million folk in teaching and from my exp they tend to get out and vote.

  9. bentleykarl

    andylutwyche supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 TristramHuntMP Indeed, Labour not exactly gaining the edu vote either.

  10. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche bentleykarl supernash69 SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 TristramHuntMP am thinking of voting green.

  11. EddieTriggs

    SchoolsImprove heard it all before, still teaching young adults failed by the system! Most see lack of discipline in school as a factor.

  12. EddieTriggs

    SchoolsImprove heard it all before, still teaching young adults failed by the system! Most see lack of discipline in school as a factor.

  13. beyondbehaviour

    SchoolsImprove What is it with this ‘war’ rhetoric re: schls? Both Cameron & Morgan adopting it. Totally unhelpful.

  14. Janet2

    Oh dear.  Is Morgan really going on about falling down league tables during Labour’s tenure.  Haven’t her advisors told her the ‘plummeting’ down league tables propaganda was a myth promoted by the DfE under Gove which relied on comparison between PISA results in 2010 and  those from 2000.  But the OECD, which administers PISA tests, said the 2000 results were faulty and should NOT be used for comparison.  The UK Stats Watchdog censured the DfE about this.

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2012/10/statistics-watchdog-expresses-concern-about-dfe-use-of-the-pisa-2000-figures/

  15. mrtaylormaths

    andylutwyche NickyMorgan01 Rather than “teacher bashing” – Govt needs to realise that parents need to do more to help literacy/numeracy

  16. jimactually

    SchoolsImprove The only collateral damage, injuries in this war on illiteracy & numeracy will be teacher & students……

  17. CASEeducation

    Loulalovesart SchoolsImprove I used to work 100% out of the classroom to develop links and empower #parents until funding cuts axed post

  18. andylutwyche

    mrtaylormaths NickyMorgan01 That would be nice! Trouble is that more parents vote than teachers and votes rather than facts matter more

  19. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove Much needed obviously because her predecessor was far too busy creating a chaotic mix of free schools and academies.

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