Government to introduce new on screen tests for times tables

11 year-olds will be expected to know their times tables up to 12x12 and will be tested using an on screen test before leaving primary school, under new government plans.

The on screen tests will require pupils to complete multiplication challenges against the clock, which will then be marked immediately. The tests are set to be piloted in approximately 80 primary schools over the summer, with a wider roll out expected in 2017.

The Department for Education has said that this will be the first use of on screen technology in National Curriculum tests.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Maths is a non-negotiable of a good education. Since 2010, we’ve seen record numbers of 11 year-olds start secondary school with a good grasp of the three Rs. But some continue to struggle.

“That is why, as part of our commitment to extend opportunity and deliver educational excellence everywhere we are introducing a new check to ensure that all pupils know their times tables by age 11.

“They will help teachers recognise those pupils at risk of falling behind and allow us to target those areas where children aren’t being given a fair shot to succeed.”

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