Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England's primary schools will take a new times tables check this spring.
Some 7,250 pupils in 290 primaries, are expected to take part in the trials of the new multiplication check.
The five-minute test, taken by children in Year 4, will then be fully rolled out over the next two years.
Ministers say the test will identify those struggling, but teaching unions have raised concerns about its benefits.
Supporters have argued that it will help to ensure all children know their tables up to 12 off by…