Count on Us Secondary Challenge
The Jack Petchey Count on Us Secondary Challenge is an exciting pan-London maths programme working with secondary schools to engage students in a range of maths activities to challenge, motivate and inspire. Our unique maths programme, with its focus on teamwork and collaboration, has been run in classrooms and clubs across London’s schools, even during the period of school closures.
In 2021, 3,425 students took part in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge, with 92% of teachers stating that the programme has improved motivation in maths.
The Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered by The Maths Zone.
“It has encouraged them to see Maths as more than calculations but also as something that requires the problem-solving skills of strategy and resilience.”
– Teacher, Harris Academy Orpington
“I am better at thinking quickly and strategically to solve problems.”
– Student, The Cumberland School
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
By combining a series of exciting activities and problem-solving tasks across the maths curriculum, the programme aims to make maths fun and boost confidence around learning as well as improving academic attainment, ultimately improving life chances and helping young people make a positive contribution to society.
Participating schools benefit from teacher training, a wide range of maths resources to support the Count on Us activities and accompanying teacher and student workbooks. The resources are implemented in classrooms and maths clubs, with students honing their skills via in-school or inter-school tournaments. Teams are then selected, with five students chosen to represent their school in the Heats, with the highest scoring teams making it through to the Final.
We fully recognise that schools are operating in circumstances that continue to be challenging and that the focus is both developmental and catching up. This year’s programme is very flexible with all the activities designed for use in three contexts:
- student self-study for catch-up
- in class activities for everyone, across the department
- special sessions for a large group to enjoy the challenge activities and prepare for the tournament.
In 2021/22, the programme will be mapped more directly to the scope of the national maths curriculum and includes a new Probability and Statistics activity.
Our focus on highly motivating, collaborative maths activities remains central to the programme.
WHAT WILL TAKING PART INVOLVE?
You will be required to:
- Pay a fee for participation, 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:
- £250 – Individual school sign-up
- £220 – where 4 or more schools sign-up
- The fee for multiple schools signing up through a Multi Academy Trust (or Borough Partnership) is at a reduced rate and reflects their ongoing coordination role with activities, finance and admin.
- Select a lead teacher, and up to one other teacher, to attend a training session and run the programme in your school.
- Set up opportunities to use the Count on Us Challenge activities in class and in clubs with 100+ students from Years 7, 8 and 9
- Set up an in/inter-school tournament to prepare for the Heats.
- If taking part, to select a team of 5 students for the Heats.
- Take part in the Heats, with the highest scoring schools qualifying for the final at a prestigious location.
- Provide data and feedback on participation.