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More than 500 London school pupils have put their problem solving skills to the test in London’s 2015 Count on Us Secondary Challenge; a unique, pan-city inter-school maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 pupils.

The inaugural Secondary Challenge Final saw 12 schools tackle challenges with tangrams, pentominoes, shape puzzles, algebra, codebreaking and 24 (a maths card puzzle game that challenge players solve puzzles with four numbers which must be combined to make 24).

More than 50% of employers are concerned about potential weaknesses in their employees’ numeracy skills.

Young Londoners on 3rd July, displayed a proficiency and attitude to mathematics that will go a long way to helping slash these figures in the capital thanks to Count on Us, a Mayor’s Fund for London numeracy programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

More than 500 year 8 and 9 pupils in London have engaged in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge over the last two months, culminating in the inaugural final in City Hall’s Chamber – where Boris Johnson faces the London Assembly.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, “I understand the pressure of problem solving in the Chamber and these young Londoners did a terrific job in the Mayor’s Fund for London Count on Us Secondary Challenge Final. The skills they are learning will not only boost their mathematical ability, but will help provide foundations for moving forward towards employment with confidence in themselves and in their ability.”

Jack Petchey CBE, who established the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, said "We are delighted to be supporting such an important programme - making maths fun and helping to inspire young people to tackle - and master - such key skills. I would encourage each and every competitor to throw themselves in feet first and remember that if you think you can, you can!"

Congratulations to all the competitors!


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More than 50% of employers are concerned about potential weaknesses in their employees’ numeracy skills.