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10 Nov

Should calculators be banned in maths tests?


calculator.jpgCalculators will be banned in maths tests for 11-year-olds in England from 2014, says the government.

It's after a big review of the use of calculators in primary schools.

Ministers reckon kids should only use them once they have learnt basic mathematical skills, like adding up in your head.

Under the new plans, calculators would only be used in class for the last year of primary school and would be banned completely in tests for 11-year-olds.

At the moment, lots of schools allow kids as young as seven to use calculators.

But the government thinks banning them will mean pupils will get better at maths.
Calculator debate

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss said: "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."

But groups that represent teachers have argued that banning calculators in tests could stop pupils having a go at more complicated mathematical sums.


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