The UK’s Conservative Party has plans to give math lessons to parents in schools in order for the parents to help their children with homework. The Daily Telegraph has been told that a Conservative government, after the general election, will be looking at an American-style idea which offers lessons for parents because so many adults are unfamiliar with the modern math curricula.
Peter Dominiczak of The Daily Telegraph explains that Tory advisers believe that education policy can be a plus for the party as the election nears. Inside sources are saying that currently the Conservative Party is neck-and-neck with Labour as far as education issues are concerned.
During former Conservative Education Secretary Michael Gove’s administration, the Tories were behind Labour in the polls on education matters. Gove’s time in office was dominated by significant changes to the education curriculum and frequent conflicts with teachers unions. David Cameron has stated that at a minimum of 500 extra free schools will be constructed if Conservatives win the election.
If the Prime Minister is re-elected, the Tories will continue to expand free schools and would forge ahead with his education policy. A new report has found that troubled schools were improving as much as twice as fast when a free school opened nearby, compared to the nationwide average.
In another article in The Daily Telegraph written by Dominiczak, the Conservative plans to promote “zero-tolerance of failure and mediocrity” are addressed. Students who fail their primary school leaving exams in English and math will be required to retake the tests in their first year of secondary school. Cameron says the Conservatives have become the “union for parents” and continued that a Tory government would not let students who fail their Sats reduce classroom standards for more dedicated pupils.
Students who fail the tests will have two more opportunities to pass the exams in the first year of secondary school in order for them to be in step with their fellow students. The plan will begin to be enforced in 2016.
The £500 “catch-up premium” for children who have not met the required standard in Year 6 will continue, but schools will have to show that at least 80% of students who failed the tests in primary school are passing the tests the second time around. Those who fail the exams again could face possible government intervention. Cameron said:
“There is no job that doesn’t require English and Maths and this is about making sure every child gets the best start in life and that our country can compete in the world.” Mrs Morgan added: “We know that the biggest predictor of success at GCSE is whether young people have mastered the basics at age 11. That means if we fail to get it right for young people at the start of secondary school they’ll struggle for the rest of their time in education.”
“More discipline, more rigor, zero-tolerance of failure and mediocrity.
He added that on the watch of the Labour Party, one in three students left primary school unable to read, write, and add. He explains that the Conservative Party has put reforms into place and has relied on teachers’ hard work to lower that number to one in five.
Math has changed over the last generation or so. Now, there is more importance put on a practical approach to numbers and how math applies to real life. In the UK, says Javier Espinoza, writing for The Daily Telegraph, children in Year 1 are doing complicated fraction and decimal work which was previously studied by secondary school students.