Multiplication tables check

Information and guidance for primary schools about the multiplication tables check.

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is optional for primary schools in 2021. The MTC administration guidance will be published in April 2021 for schools choosing to participate.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.

Schools will have a 3-week check window in June 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 general information video

Please note, this video was filmed before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools must adhere to social distancing.

Contact us

For queries regarding the MTC, please contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013 or email


Updated check administration guidance will be published at the end of March 2021.

Information for parents

Assessment framework

Published 3 March 2020