French Education Minister sparks diplomatic situation with Germany by proposing to abolish ‘two-language’ classes for 11-year-olds
As the history of Franco-German quarrels go, this one seems mild – and rather confusing. It goes, however, to the heart of the Franco-German problem: a half-century after the two countries signed a treaty promising to bring their peoples closer together, their citizens live mostly back-to-back lives.
Children from poor backgrounds are still being written off as low achievers by their teachers because of the “soft bigotry of low expectations”, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan warned yesterday.
The general knowledge of today’s pupils is so weak that key historic anniversaries this year will mean little to school leavers, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has warned.
Overseas students are to be encouraged to pursue university education in the UK as the Government attempts to allay fears that the country has become unwelcoming to foreigners.
It would be “invidious” of the Government to save hundreds of outstanding nursery schools facing closure because of funding changes, Childcare Minister Liz Truss told an all-party committee of MPs today.
Teachers need a period of calm and consensus in education rather than a “permanent revolution”, Schools Minister David Laws said today.
The UK will suffer economic decline if attitudes towards maths do not change, according to Elizabeth Truss.