Countdown to ban on calculator use by North Lincs 11-year-olds in maths tests
Pupils in North Lincolnshire will not be allowed to use calculators in maths tests for 11-year-olds from 2014, the Government has revealed in a change of policy to be implemented nationwide.
Elizabeth Truss, the education and childcare minister, has announced that pupils should only use them once they are confident in basic mathematical skills.
The move – which will affect thousands of youngsters in the region – comes in the wake of a government review of calculator use in primary schools.
Ms Truss said making too much use of calculators put children at risk of falling short in mental arithmetic.
"All young children should be confident with methods of addition, subtraction, times tables and division before they pick up the calculator to work out more complex sums," she said.
"By banning calculators in the maths test, we will reduce the dependency on them in the classroom for the most basic sums."
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