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Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 06, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Times table test to be part of key stage two SATs

Nicky Morgan has unveiled plans for 11 year-olds to be tested on their times tables in Sats, to fight innumeracy in primary school-age children. Eighty schools will take part in a pilot this summer before being rolled out to all primaries in England in 2017. The news has had mixed reactions in the sector, with some claiming it is unnecessary in modern education and could trigger exam anxiety.

Teach pupils that Britain is ‘mainly Christian’

Nicky Morgan has said that schools are free to prioritise the teaching of religions over atheist and humanist views, as Britain is a ‘mainly Christian’ country.

It had previously been found that the government had excluded non-religious views from the curriculum. Groups such as the British Humanist Association (BHA) argued that alternative worldviews should be put before pupils at key stage four in order to provide a more rounded education. However, the Department for Education has stressed that these views should not be given ‘equal parity’ with religious beliefs.

Sponsored schools remain ‘inadequate’ says Ofsted

Statistics released by Ofsted, based on outcomes of the latest school inspections, have revealed that sponsored academies are more likely to remain inadequate than maintained schools.

In the data, where academies had replaced state schools 12% remained inadequate in the subsequent inspection. However, only two per cent of maintained schools received this rating. The DfE has said that the statistics are ‘utter rubbish’ and that under the leadership of strong sponsors a school can be ‘transformed’. Read the full story on the TES website.


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