Count On Us Secondary Challenge
The Jack Petchey Count on Us Secondary Challenge with the Mayor’s Fund for London is a unique, pan-London maths tournament for Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils. By combining a series of mental arithmetic and problem solving tasks, the Secondary Challenge helps pupils become confident mathematicians, developing mathematical fluency and improving problem solving skills.
Participating schools benefit from teacher training, a wide range of maths resources and accompanying teacher and pupil workbooks. The resources are implemented in schools with pupils honing their skills via in-school or inter-school tournaments. Teams are then selected with five pupils chosen to represent their school in local tournament heats, with qualifying schools making it through to the semi-finals and grand finale at City Hall.
“Really engaging and helped students improve their problem solving skills and teamwork. Pupils 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
“Amazing competition and an amazing result with two girls teams being in the top 3. Thanks for a wonderful day one which I and our students won’t forget anytime soon.”
HIGHBURY FIELDS SCHOOL
3,740 pupils took part in Secondary Challenge activities across 79 London schools in 2018
94% of participating secondary teachers reported a positive impact on their students’ attitude towards maths