Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably to escape Ed Balls.
The Children, Schools and Families Secretary (pictured above with head Richard Slade) learned the importance of counting chickens after they have hatched when he visited Joseph Lancaster Primary School at Southwark, London. Eggs in an incubator and newborn chicks are used as a basis for numeracy lessons at the school.
Mr Balls' visit was arranged as a plug for the Every Child Counts scheme, which aims to give one-on-one tuition to 30,000 seven-year-olds struggling with maths by 2011 (an initiative that the Daily Mirror breathlessly claimed as an exclusive this month, despite its widely reported launch last year). The chicks have reason to be nervous. The minister did, after all, announce basic cookery skills for pupils, with roast chicken among the dishes.
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