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Learning times-tables 'still fashionable'

The government reforms to the education curriculum in England are going to include a return to more rigorous teaching of multiplication tables. The Department for Education is confirming reports that children will be expected to know their times tables by the age of nine. Former journalist and now maths teacher in London, Steve McCormack, gives us his thoughts on the government's decision.

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