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What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

What is the Multiplication Times Table Check?
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils registered at state-funded maintained schools, special schools or academies, including free schools, in England.
The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
Schools must provide a reason within the MTC service for any pupils who are not able to participate in the check.
What is the multiplication tables check?
It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child willbe able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They willthen have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
How will the Year 4 Multiplication Times Table Check be used?
The data from the times tables checks is:
  • used by schools to “provide additional support to pupils who require it”
  • available to Ofsted via the Analyse School Performance (ASP) data system
  • reported on by the Department for Education (DfE) to track standards over time
  • used by the DfE to provide schools with the ability to benchmark the performance of their pupils
What is the ‘pass mark’ for the Year 4 Multiplication Times Table Check?
There is no official ‘pass mark’ for the Multiplication Times Table Check and the data is not published in performance tables. It is a method for schools and other educational authorities to see how pupils are doing within this key area of maths so that ‘additional support can be provided’.
However, school-level results are available to “selected users including Ofsted” for standards benchmarking. Results are also published at national and local authority level.
How did Year 4 pupils perform nationally on the 2023 Multiplication Times Table Check?
According to the DfE, 29% of all pupils scored 25, with 25 also being the most common score. This is an increase of 2% on the previous year. The mean score was 20.2 out of 25.
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