Library book dumping signals a new dark age
Children aged five having to recite poetry by heart, 11-year-olds will sit maths exams without calculators and teenagers will study at least two Shakespeare plays.
Computer programming will be taught from five to 14, and foreign languages will be made compulsory at primary school.
There will be a new emphasis on spelling and grammar, and history will focus on the story of Britain.
Lord Nash said: 'The Department for Education has made it clear that a return to textbooks would support the new national curriculum.
'High-quality textbooks can prevent teachers from spending unnecessary time creating plans from scratch, and provide well-planned stretching activities for pupils.'
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