Jack Petchey Foundation Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge 

The Jack Petchey Foundation Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is an exciting pan-London programme for secondary schools which engages students in Years 7 to 9 with maths games designed to challenge and inspire. The programme is open to non-selective, state schools in Greater London, with priority given to those with higher levels of pupil premium eligibility.

In 2022/23, over 7,500 students took part in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge, with 80% of teachers stating that the programme has positively impacted students’ attitudes towards maths.

Registrations for the 2023/24 challenge are now open! To sign up please click the button below.

The Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered in partnership with Chris Olley of The Maths Zone.

For Schools Registered to take part in the 2023/24 Challenge

Click the button below to visit the Resource Area.

“It was one of the highlights of Year 9 for me. Being in City Hall might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the atmosphere was amazing.”

– A student at Harris Academy Beckenham, Bromley

“We’ve had a fantastic experience. It’s helped me bond with students and given me ideas to use in lessons.” 

– A teacher at Hammersmith Academy, Hammersmith and Fulham


Count on Us focuses on collaboration and competition to motivate students. By combining a series of activities and problem-solving tasks linked to the maths curriculum, Count on Us makes maths fun and boosts students’ confidence around learning.

It is open to non-selective, state schools based in the Greater London area. 

Schools taking part receive teacher training, a resource kit to support the Count on Us activities and accompanying teacher guides and student workbooks.

The resources are designed for use in classrooms and maths clubs, with students honing skills via in-school tournaments.

Teams of five pupils then represent their school in the Count on Us tournaments, including regional Heats and the Grand Final at City Hall.

To participate, you will need to pay a £275 one-off, subsidised fee. This will include registration, school resource kit, training, support materials, additional online resources, participation in events and being part of a wider network of Count on Us schools.

We also offer a reduced rate to groups of schools (four or more) who wish to register as a consortium. Please contact us for more details.


You will need to:

1. Register your school and return your Service Level Agreement to receive your resource kit, support materials and online resources.  The registration fee also includes participation in the Count on Us tournaments plus other events and opportunities organised by the Mayor’s Fund for London. 

2. Select a lead teacher, and up to one other teacher, to attend a training session so you can run the Challenge in your school.

3. Set up opportunities to use the Count on Us Challenge activities in class and in clubs with 100+ students across Years 7, 8 and 9.

4. Set up an in/inter-school tournament to prepare for the Heats.

5. Select a mixed gender team (unless the school is single sex) of five students for the regional Heats in May 2024.

6. Take part in the regional Heats, with the highest scoring schools qualifying for the Grand Final at City Hall in late June 2024.

7. Provide data and feedback on your school’s participation.

Our partners

A huge thank you to our funders and delivery partners for supporting Count on Us. We could not run the programme without you.