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Pupils ‘to memorise times tables by 11′

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 3, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Every pupil in England will be expected to have memorised their times tables before leaving primary school, under new government plans. These will also see new tests of multiplication skills at the age of 11. The checks will be piloted to around 3,000 pupils in 80 primary schools this summer, before being [...]

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PM pledges £40m to fix flood defences

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 3, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Image caption The prime minister visited York last week to meet flood relief workers Flood defences “overwhelmed” by recent record rainfall will be fixed and bolstered in a £40m package of spending, the prime minister has said. Thousands of homes across northern England were hit by flooding after Storm Eva hit on [...]

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Saudi executions ‘could fuel tensions’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 3, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday The United States has expressed concern that Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr could further exacerbate sectarian rivalry in the Middle East. The US State Department urged leaders throughout the region to redouble efforts [...]

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