A Parents' Guide To
Primary Testing

What year is your child in?

The truth about
The Multiplication Tables Check

  • Year 4 pupils must sit the government’s multiplication tables check in the summer term. The vast majority of teachers and heads are against it
  • The test is taken online and children must answer 25 questions with only six seconds for each response. Schools are ranked in league tables based on how many pupils achieve 100%
  • Because schools are judged on the results, too much time is spent on times tables in year 4 at the expense of other maths techniques
  • Teachers and parents already know how well children know their times tables. Regular tests which support learning take place in classrooms every week

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