Children take on celebs in televised Times Tables Rock Stars challenge

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A host of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment are taking on schoolchildren in a new TV series based around Times Tables Rock Stars.

All Stars v Rock Stars sees well-known personalities pitting themselves against primary school pupils in a series of multiplication shoot-outs.

The show, which premiered on BT Sports yesterday, aims to show children and their parents that maths can be fun.

TT Rock Stars creator Bruno Reddy, who received funding from SHINE to help him develop the maths app, said the series is “one of the best things TT Rock Stars has ever been part of”.

He added: “It’s the first time that celebs have gone up against pupils in a televised times tables showdown and it’s been made possible thanks to the teams at BT Tech Tips and TT Rock Stars as well as the kind celebs and busy teachers who have given up their time.”

The 10-minute episodes, which have been diced into three-minute segments, are also hosted on the BT Tech Tips website.

Yesterday’s premiere featured Trent Alexander-Arnold, Robbie Savage and Clare Balding taking on students from Liverpool primary schools Arnot Saint Mary, St Silas and Broad Square in a bid to achieve rock hero status. Future episodes will include schools from Manchester and London.

Bruno added: “We hope that it further raises the joy factor of learning maths and inspires pupils to hold themselves to high standards in everything they do.”