MP raises issue of school maths teaching

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GOSPORT’S MP raised concerns over primary school pupils’ over-reliance on calculators in schools.

Caroline Dinenage spoke yesterday during questions to the Department for Education, highlighting the standards of maths teaching in schools.

She said: ‘Does my Honourable Friend not agree that all children should have a good grasp of basic mental arithmetic before they are allowed to rely on calculators?’

Elizabeth Truss, education minister, responded for the government and said: ‘We treat maths as a high priority, removing calculators from primary tests from 2014 will make sure students master the basics, and we are also reforming the national curriculum to focus on core arithmetic which is key to future success.’

Ms Dinenage has visited each of the schools in the Gosport constituency.