Sunday, September 02, 2007

Failing pupils to spend extra year at school

Children who fail maths and reading tests will be forced to spend an extra year at primary school under new Tory plans to be unveiled this week.

The reforms are designed to make sure no pupil starts secondary school without a basic grasp of the "Three Rs".

The Conservatives hope the move will improve school discipline by targeting children who cause the most classroom disruption.

I agree with this and I wouldn’t just include Maths and English. I would also include other subjects like Science. The government should set out minimum standards for children. If they fail to achieve these standards then they should be kept back a year. I would include teenagers with this too. If they fail to achieve minimum standards in their GCSEs they should be kept back for another year.

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