Pupils ‘must recite tables by 11’

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Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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All schoolchildren in England will be forced to learn their times tables off by heart as well as carry out long division and complex multiplication by 11, Nicky Morgan has said.

Pupils will be expected to pass tough tests before leaving primary school as part of a “war on illiteracy and innumeracy”, the Education Secretary said.

Headteachers who fail to ensure the standards are met face being sacked if the Conservatives are returned to power, she indicated.

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.

In an article for The Sunday Times, Ms Morgan outlined plans to make England top of the class in European league tables for English and maths by 2020, as well as in the top five internationally – a significant leap from the current ranking of 23rd.

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.”

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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