Jack Petchey Foundation 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 team work and collaboration, has been run in classrooms and clubs across London’s schools, even during the period of school closures.

In 2019, 3,846 students across 89 schools took part in the Challenge, with 87% of secondary teachers stating improved attitude towards maths.

The Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered by The Maths Zone.

Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge 2019
“Really engaging and helped students improve their problem solving skills and teamwork. Students have enjoyed the experience and stretched themselves in mathematics outside of the classroom.”

– Acton High School, Ealing

“It has helped students see the fun side of maths, and helped them become more persistent, engaged problem-solvers”

– The Holy Cross School, Kingston Upon Thames


By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the programme aims to make maths fun and improve 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 at City Hall.

For 2020-2021, the Count on Us Challenge has been adapted to take account of new physical distancing requirements.

Our focus on highly motivating, collaborative maths activities remains central to the programme. Although we hope to hold all events at City Hall, we are ready to comply with any future restrictions and maintain the excitement of the Count on Us Challenge in 2020-2021.


You will be required to:

  • Pay a fee for participation. This includes registration, school resource kit, training / support and participation in events. The rate for multi-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. For 2020-2021, there will be a sliding fee for participation. Each participating school will be required to pay either:
    • £220 – if they sign up as an individual school
    • £200 – if they sign up as a group of 4-9 schools
    • £180 – if they sign up as a group of 10+ schools
  • 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 at least 60 students from Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Set up an in/inter-school tournament to prepare for the Heats
  • Select a team of 5 students for the Heats
  • Take part in the Heats, with the highest scoring schools qualifying for the final at City Hall.

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.