According to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAFT), 94 per cent of those who took part in the pilot said that it did not tell them anything that they did not already know about their pupils’ recall of multiplication tables.
Only 21 per cent felt that access arrangements for children with special needs enabled them to show full knowledge of their tables.
Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the NAHT, said: “This is a totally unnecessary test, which adds workload to no benefit to pupils or teachers… we recommend that the test is scrapped.”
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