The BBC is reporting that Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed that pupils in England will sit a times tables check from 2019.
Multiplication was a “very important” part of a child’s mathematics knowledge, Mr Gibb said. Plans for such a test were in the Conservatives’ election manifesto.
Proposals to test 11-year-olds on their times tables were first announced by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan in January 2016.
However, the move was put on hold when her successor, Justine Greening, said there would be no new national tests or assessments introduced before the academic year 2018-19.
Appearing before the Commons Education Select Committee on Wednesday, Mr Gibb confirmed the times table check would now go ahead. He told MPs: “I think it is an issue of policy. It is my view that there should be a multiplication check.
“It was in our manifesto in 2015. We think times tables are a very important part of mathematical knowledge.”
If a child was trying to perform long multiplication or long division they needed to know their times tables, he added.
The check will be taken by Year 6 pupils in the spring of 2019 – the cohort currently in Year 4 – alongside their national curriculum tests, known as Sats tests.
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