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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage questioned the education secretary over literacy and mathematics during a power cut in Westminster.

Ms Dinenage was asking Michael Gove MP about the government’s commitment to ensuring students achieve a basic level of proficiency.

But the lights in the main chamber cut out during the session on Monday.

Ms Dinenage asked: ‘What steps is he taking to ensure that all pupils attain basic levels of literacy and mathematics before leaving school?’

Mr Gove has put forward controversial plans for schools including longer school days.

He said: ‘The new national curriculum includes more demanding content in English and maths; mathematics will have more emphasis on arithmetic, fractions and decimals.’

He said changes in Key Stage 3 mathematics teacher training would help them teach fractions more effectively, with additional reforms to GCSEs and nursery training.

Ms Dinenage asked about the importance of supporting family learning. Mr Gove said he supports it.