Thousands of primary school children will trial a new 'times tables check' this spring.
The Year Four pupils will have a five minute test, allowing teachers to monitor their progress.
Silkmore School in Stafford is one of the 290 primary schools in England trialling the check, which will be compulsory from 2020.
School standards minister Nick Gibb said:
But while it's expected to help children learn their times tables off by heart, critics have slammed it as 'disappointing'.
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But the move is opposed by the head teacher's union NAHT. Nick Brook, the the union's deputy general secretary, said: