In-school Tournaments and the Challenge

All the details you need to know about the Count on Us tournaments.

Stage 3: In-school Tournament

Before taking part in the regional Heats, each school is expected to set up and take part in an in-school tournament. Not only will this give your pupils an exciting maths activity to participate in, but it will also help you choose who you want to represent your school at the Heats and the Grand Final.

To support the set-up of your in-school tournament, click the buttons below to access the following:

Setting Up a Tournament: Drop-in Presentation: presentation slides from the teacher drop-in held on 9th March.

In-school Tournament Teacher Handbook: a comprehensive guide for teachers on how to set up and run your in-school tournament.

In-school Tournament Presentation: to be used on the day of your in-school tournament.

Round Activities & Scoresheets: complete sets of pupil activity sheets and team scoresheets to be printed for:

  • Round 1 Pattern and Problem Solving (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
  • Round 2 24® Game
  • Round 3 Codebreaking

Work with other schools

Click the button below to see a map of the schools taking part in the Count on Us Primary Maths Challenge this year. If you would like to get in touch with other schools in your area to support each other in running the programme or run an inter-school tournament together, please let us know by emailing and we can help to facilitate this.

Selecting your tournament team

After running your in-school tournament, it’s time to decide which three pupils will be in the team that you take to the regional Heats and Grand Final.

By the time you run an in/inter-school tournament, you may be surprised by the pupils who have grown in their maths confidence and are great problem solvers, able to keep their team focused. Others will surprise you with their speed at solving 24® Game cards. You may decide not to choose your quickest but those who have grown in confidence or would gain the most from the experience. So, hold back on selecting your team until after your in-school tournament!

When the time comes to select your team, there are some rules you must stick to. Your three team players must be:

  1. Year 4 or 5 pupils – you can select from either or both years
  2. A combination of boys and girls – no single sex teams allowed!
  3. New to taking part in the Count on Us Primary Maths Challenge

Stage 4: Regional Heats and the Grand Final

Now we’re ready for the Heats!

All schools participating in the Count on Us Primary Maths Challenge will be invited to take part in the regional Heats, taking place in host schools across London in mid-May 2023. The Heats are exciting events where pupils have lots of fun with maths and teachers can connect with other London schools taking part. If you would like to host a Heat at your school, please let us know!

The top-scoring school teams from the Heats then qualify for the Grand Final held at City Hall at the end of June 2023.