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Mayor's Fund For London

Count On Us Secondary Challenge

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is a unique, pan-London maths tournament for Year 8 and 9 pupils delivered in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. 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.


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“Since taking part in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge, Ellie’s attitude has changed dramatically. She seems far more focused and seems to enjoy maths more. She has been attending all of the additional clubs with enthusiasm rather than dread and has become a front-runner in a lot of the tasks.

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge has provided the freedom for Ellie to grow and excel and see for herself just how talented and brilliant she can be.”

Gladesmore Community School, Haringey

Our Impact

Over 5,700 Year 8/9 pupils have now been engaged in the Count on Us Secondary Challenge

In 2016, 93% of schools reported that the Secondary Challenge had improved pupils’ confidence in Mathematics

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