The new times tables check is coming!
From June 2020, all children in England will take part in an timed online multiplication tables check at the end of Year 4.
Ahead of rolling out the new times tables check, a national voluntary pilot will be taking place between 10 June and 28 June 2019. The pilot has been designed to allow schools to familiarise themselves with the check format before it becomes statutory in June 2020.
Most schools in England are expected to sign up to the pilot to provide valuable practice ahead of the new statutory check.
Why times tables?
The National Curriculum in England specifies that all children should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12×12 by the end of Year 4. The check has been designed to help schools identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables and may need further support.
Just as the phonics screening check helps children who are learning to read, the multiplication tables check will help teachers identify those pupils who require extra support. This will ensure that all pupils leave primary school knowing their times tables by heart and able to start secondary school with a secure grasp of fundamental arithmetic as a foundation for mathematics. Nick Gibb, Education Minister
Unlike SATs tests, the times tables check will be administered in schools within a 3 week window. Teachers will have the flexibility to decide how their pupils take the online check. For example, they can choose whether children take the test individually, in small groups or as whole class.
If your school is interested in taking part in the 2019 national voluntary pilot, there’s still time to sign up! Email MTC.STA@education.gov.uk to express your interest in participating.
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