Top Tips for Count on Us Secondary Teachers

14th April 2022

The lead up to the Heats is a busy time for schools taking part in the Jack Petchey Count on Us Secondary Challenge. We hope you are all having lots of fun as you practise in school in preparation for the tournaments!

Over the duration of the past academic year, we’ve received a wealth of ideas, best practises, and inspiration from dedicated Count on Us teachers for how to best prepare students for the Heats and Final. To help you in the last few weeks before the Heats take place in mid-May, we’ve shared some of the brilliant ideas below.

How are teachers sharing the Count on Us materials and ensuring that students are practising the activities?

  • Running lunchtime and after-school maths clubs
  • Using the activities as maths lesson starters
  • Sharing the materials via Google Classroom
  • Using the 24 Game App
  • Running interschool tournaments
  • Using the activities during tutor time
  • Creating printouts of the student workbook

How are teachers monitoring student engagement and progress during the Count on Us programme?

  • Taking an attendance register at lunchtime and in after-school maths clubs
  • Regular scorekeeping as students continue to do the activities
  • Sending out a Google Form to receive feedback and questions from students
  • Running mini in-school tournaments
  • Running a large in-school tournament

We hope you will be able to use some of these ideas with your students as you continue to practise in school. We’d love to hear from more teachers about the activities and methods they use to engage their students with the Count on Us programme. If you would like to be featured on the blog, please send an email to with any practice ideas, resources or photographs that we can share with other schools, teachers and students!