Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government took the decision to change the national curriculum now because "we are in a global race".
Mr Cameron told This Morning: "We need to make sure the standards we set are as tough as those on the other side of the world.
"If we want to turn out young people who take on the world and win we've got to be rigorous at school".
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