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More than a quarter of year 4 pupils scored full marks in the first year of the government’s new times tables test, but there was an average two mark gap between poorer children and their peers. 

The Department for Education has published the results of the first “multiplication tables check”, which became statutory in all state schools last year.

It was introduced to determine whether pupils can “fluently recall” up their 12 times tables by the age of nine. 

The tests are taken online, and pupils have to answer 25 questions with just six seconds for each.

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