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New times tables tests won’t do much to help innumerate Britain

Yet again the government misdiagnoses the problem  

By Andrew King  

Eight times nine is… come on, quickly… the answer is… no?

Those who have struggled with their times tables will remember the horror of not being able to recall the right answer on the spot. Unfortunately, in yet another over simplistic effort to tackle the problem of innumerate Britain, times tables tests have been put firmly back on the agenda. Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that a new online test will be rolled out for year four pupils this spring. Children will have to quickly answer multiplication questions against the…

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