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Increase time limit so Year 4 multiplication test is inclusive for neurodiverse

Submitted on Wednesday 16th November 2022

Rejected on Monday 21st November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

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Increase time limit so Year 4 multiplication test is inclusive for neurodiverse

Petition Details

The year 4 multiplication test requires all children aged 8/9 to know their timetables up to 12x12 and answer each question in 6 seconds.
Many neurodiverse people such as autistic people and ADHD, have differences in processing (this is well researched).
The 6 second limit does not consider this.

Additional Information

Government should consider increasing the time limit per question on the multiplication test from 6 to 10 seconds.
This will allow more accurate results to be obtained that also captures our neurodiverse children’s abilities, as well as reducing unnecessary stress due to reliance on quick processing, and risk of long term negative feelings about maths ability.
It is widely accepted that giving children 10 seconds to answer a question can be helpful for processing.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

Petitions need to call on the Government or Parliament to take a specific action.

We understand that you are concerned about accessibility of the multiplication tables check for neurodiverse students, but we're not sure if you want the pause between questions in this check to be increased for all students, or only those who are neurodiverse.

The standard version of the check includes 3-seconds pause between questions. If this is not long enough for a specific pupil, or the pace of the check may disadvantage the pupil, a ‘Next’ button can be enabled. Instead of 3-seconds pause, the pupil can select ‘Next’ when they are ready to start a new question. Deciding whether to use this function is an operational matter for individual schools, based on the needs of individual students.

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