Does ‘war on innumeracy’ add up? Education shake-up will see kids made to learn times tables by age 11
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan plans shake-up, and when it comes to reading, writing, and math and pupils will face tough tests before leaving primary school
Every child in Britain will have to learn their times tables off by heart by 11.
They will also be expected to carry out long division and complex multiplication before they leave primary school under tough new measures.
The move is part of a ‘war on illiteracy and innumeracy’, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.
And headteachers who fail to ensure standards are met face being sacked if the Conservatives are returned to power.
As well as demonstrating mathematical skills, pupils will have to pass a writing test by showing they can use ‘accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar’.
The move will build on demands already contained in key stage 2 tests.
Ms Morgan outlined plans to make England top of the class in European league tables for English and math by 2020, as well as in the top five internationally – a significant leap from the current ranking of 23rd.
Education reform: The new standards will focus on reading, writing and math
She 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.
“The new tests for 11 year olds we are introducing next year will be strengthened to ensure that every young person is meeting the mark.”