Tory minister who wants kids to know times tables “by heart” fails his own test

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:

That awkward moment when the Schools Minister pushing for eight-year-olds to learn the times table won’t answer a multiplication question 🙈 @kategarraway

— 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…

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