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Mayor's Fund For London

Count On Us Secondary Challenge

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a unique, pan-London maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 pupils delivered in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the Secondary Challenge helps pupils become confident mathematicians, developing mathematical fluency and improving problem solving skills.

Participating schools benefit from teacher training, a wide range of maths resources and accompanying teacher and pupil workbooks. The resources are implemented in schools with pupils honing their skills via in-school or inter-school tournaments. Teams are then selected with five pupils chosen to represent their school in local tournament heats, with qualifying schools making it through to the semi-finals and grand finale at City Hall.

We are currently recruiting schools for Spring 2017.

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Participating in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge has helped me speed up my thought process. The first time I was introduced to one particular element, I was thinking, “How am I supposed to do this is in such a short time?” But I adapted to it and learned how to complete the challenge more quickly. I think these skills will help me find a job one day, a job that suits me, my capabilities and my personality. This challenge has allowed me to get to know myself better and because of the skills I have developed, I know what I can achieve now when it comes to problem solving. From day one it’s been about maths and music for me. There is problem-solving in music that relates to maths. In maths, it’s about learning how to approach problems with the right strategy. Music is the same. Just like algebra, in music you have to get dynamics, tone, pitch and more all right for it to work.

Jhemar, aged 13, Lambeth Academy

Our Impact

Over 3,000 Year 8/9 pupils have now been engaged in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge

In 2016, 93% of schools reported that the Secondary Challenge had improved pupils’ confidence in Mathematics

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