From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year four pupils. A national voluntary pilot will take place between 10 June and 28 June 2019. Schools can use this to familiarise themselves with the check before it becomes statutory in June 2020. The national curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12 × 12 by the end of year four.
Schools will have a three-week window to administer the MTC. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.
MTC development progress
The MTC national voluntary pilot will provide schools with year four pupils the chance to familiarise themselves with the new assessment before it becomes statutory. The MTC administration area will be available to schools from 1 April 2019. Schools can use the administration area to register pupils and apply pupil accessibility features.
Pupils will be able to use a familiarisation area so that they can get used to the check and test the accessibility features.
The live check window for the voluntary pilot will be open between 10 June and 28 June 2019. Schools will be able to access the MTC via NCA tools when the service goes live in April 2019. There is no requirement for schools to pre-register.
MTC assessment framework
The MTC assessment framework is now available. It provides details on the assessment specification for the MTC, including the purpose, format, content and cognitive demand of the check.
For questions about the MTC, please contact MTC.STA@education.gov.uk.
First published 13 November 2018
The STA has published information for primary schools about the development of an online times tables check to be administered to year four pupils from the 2019/20 academic year onwards.