Children from families who don’t have English as a first language do better at their times tables

Children from families who don’t have English as a first language do better at their times tables than their classmates

  • Experts believe parents from abroad have more positive to attitude to education
  • Test taken in summer involved 25 times tables questions, up to 12 x 12
  • The average score for those with a first language of English was 19.4 out of 25
  • But the average for pupils with a first language other than English was 21.2 

Children whose first language is not English have outperformed their peers in a new times tables test for children aged eight and nine.

Data from the Department for Education (DfE) shows pupils without English as a first language soared ahead in the maths check.

The findings give further weight to the theory that families from abroad are more motivated to achieve than those born in the UK.

Despite the language barrier, migrant pupils have repeatedly outperformed peers in a range of other education measures.

Four in ten are considering reducing curriculum options and nearly all (98 per cent) said their school or college will have to make savings this year, future years or both

Data from the Department for Education (DfE) shows pupils without English as a first language soared ahead in the maths check 

Experts believe parents from other countries have a more positive attitude to education and a more aspirational outlook than British families.

The test, taken in the summer, involved 25 times tables questions, up to 12 x 12, with a maximum of six seconds to answer each one.

The average score for those with a first language of English was 19.4 out of 25, while the average score for pupils with a first language other than English was 21.2.

For all pupils, the overall average score was 19.8 out of 25.

More than a quarter – 27 per cent – of all pupils got full marks.

London was the highest performing region in the country, with an average score of 20.9.

Data from the Department for Education (DfE) shows pupils without English as a first language soared ahead in the maths check

The test, taken in the summer, involved 25 times tables questions, up to 12 x 12, with a maximum of six seconds to answer each one. The average score for those with a first language of English was 19.4 out of 25 

The South West was the lowest performing region, with an average score of 19.1.

It is the first results publication after the assessment became statutory in 2021/22.

The DfE said it will provide teachers with standardised information to help identify pupils who might need extra support.

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: ‘When I was at primary school, I was fortunate enough to have been taught my times tables, but for many children it was luck of the draw depending on their school.

‘It’s a skill I have used throughout my life, whether in international business or a trip to the supermarket, which is why we are making sure each and every child today is leaving school with those vital foundations.

‘The first ever results for our new, national multiplications table check…. provide a valuable benchmark for us to build from and help our brilliant teachers provide targeted support to the children need it most.’

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