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Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge

Our partnership with the Mayor's Fund for London - on a mission to make maths fun!

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a unique, pan-London maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 pupils delivered by the Mayor’s Fund for London in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the Secondary Challenge helps pupils to become confident mathematicians, developing their mathematical fluency and improving their problem solving skills. The tournament activities focus on three main areas:
  • Geometric puzzling
  • Mental arithmetic using fractions, decimals and whole numbers 
  • Problem solving using algebraic equations

 This academic year we will be launching in January with a teacher training session held at City Hall, where schools will receive a resource kit and accompanying teacher and pupil workbooks. Practise will then begin in schools in lessons and extra-curricular activities, leading up to the Regional Heats in April and culminating with the grand finale in July. 

We would love to get your school involved this year! We are currently recruiting schools to participate in this year’s tournament. For more information and to register your school, please click here.

If you have any questions about taking part, please contact Sheetal Mistry, Schools Project Manager at the Mayor’s Fund for London, on 020 7983 4852 or smistry@mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk.

And in case you’d like to add a teacher quote:

 “Since taking part in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge, Ellie’s attitude has changed dramatically. She seems far more focused and seems to enjoy maths more. She has been attending all of the additional clubs with enthusiasm rather than dread and has become a front-runner in a lot of the tasks. The Count on Us Secondary Challenge has provided the freedom for Ellie to grow and excel and see for herself just how talented and brilliant she can be.”

Maths Teacher, Gladesmore Community School










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