A new national curriculum which launched this month has been welcomed by Lincolnshire’s education chiefs.
The changes put more emphasis on skills such as essay-writing, problem solving, mathematical modelling and computing programming.
It sees five-year-olds being taught fractions for the first time, pupils aged 11-14 studying two Shakespeare plays and primary school pupils being taught code.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said it gives schools the chance to design an education programme that is ‘both broadly balanced and one which will prepare pupils with the skills they need for employment’.
She said: “We share the aspiration for high standards and it’s important for all youngsters to learn a common core of knowledge.”