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Times tables whizz is a hit in schools

FUN TIMES: NK (second from left) with Sandwell Mayor Councillor Joyce Underhill and pupils from Ryders Green Primary School

REMEMBER THE days when the sight of the word ‘maths’ on your school timetable would strike fear and loathing into your heart?

Many kids today would not understand that because the fear of maths has been reduced to zero – thanks to Clifford Harding, aka NK, a walking, talking, rapping maths hero.

With his company New Kreations he’s masterminded the Tunes Times Tables, which puts multiplying to music. It means youngsters can learn their times tables to rap: ‘one times seven is seven – who knows someone in heaven?’

He’s become a school sensation, touring across the UK and beyond, and being asked back by popular demand by teachers who see for themselves the good work he does.

And the figures speak for themselves.

At Ryders Green Primary School in West Bromwich, where NK recently made a repeat appearance, over the past six weeks pupils’ performances in their seven times tables has improved by 22 percent, and by well over a third in their eight times tables.

Head teacher Devinder Riat said: “NK’s system is excellent because it inspires confidence and enthusiasm in our pupils. We keep on asking him back!”

Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Joyce Underhill, who came along to watch one of the sessions, said: “It’s marvellous to see how the children want to learn rather than being forced to learn. It’s a wonderful system.”

NK made it into Guinness World Records when he organised the largest maths class, with 275 children in Birmingham reciting their times tables together.

NK, who left school with no formal qualifications but turned his life around, said: “It’s all about taking the fear out of maths and making it fun. My next ambition is to fill a football stadium with youngsters all doing their times tables together.”

For more information visit: www.tunestimestables.com.

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