Tory Schools Minister Nick Gibb has suffered his second humiliation in as many days.
Gibb is leading a traditionalist drive – backed by the likes of Toby Young – to replace modern teaching methods with old fashioned drilling.
His latest gimmick is to make all 8 and 9-year-olds sit computer-based tests to see whether they know their times tables up to 12 off by heart.
Mary Bousted of the National Teaching Union said the policy “simply reflects a ministerial obsession with testing children.”
But Gibb insisted: “This will ensure that all pupils leave primary school knowing their times tables by heart.”
If they do, then they’ll be one step ahead of him judging by this interview:
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 14, 2018
That embarrassment comes hot on the heels of a major blow to Gibb and his allies in the “neo-traditionalist” education movement.
Scrapbook reported yesterday how the first ‘knowledge-based’ teacher training course is being closed down – just 5 months after it began.
It was led by Rob Peal, a teacher at the free school founded by Toby Young who was seconded to work as a policy adviser and speech writer for Gibb.
Once again, the sums don’t add up for the Tories…