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Times tables twaddle reflect Tories' testing times

Issue No. 2485

Education secretary Nicky Morgan

Education secretary Nicky Morgan (Pic: Policy Exchange/Flickr)

The Tories have announced yet another plan to make life harder for school pupils.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan announced a “new” requirement for children to learn times tables (see page 2).

The Tories seem to issue constant school reforms.

They say it’s about improving education and helping children from all backgrounds get a good start in life.

This is rubbish. The Tories are committed to transforming

state-run schools into privately-run academies and free schools.

Yet just last week new figures were reported showing that some of the lowest-scoring primaries in Yorkshire were academies.

This follows a wider pattern.

Ofsted’s figures show that a school is six times more likely to remain “inadequate” if it becomes an academy.

And the National Children’s Bureau has warned that academies are turning away children with special needs to try and improve their “results”.

The Tories’ real agenda is ideological. They have allowed schools to link teachers’ pay to their “performance”.

This opens up teachers and schools deemed to be failing to more attacks.

Their academy drive is about letting their fat cat mates get their hands on valuable public assets.

Claims that this will help the most disadvantaged children are the height of hypocrisy. Those children will suffer the most.

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What We Think
Tue 5 Jan 2016, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2485
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