Programme Overview

You have now signed up for Count on Us and can’t wait to get going! What happens next?


Watch this video to get an overview of what the Count on Us Secondary Challenge involves for schools!


The Jack Petchey Foundation Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge is an exciting pan-London programme for secondary schools which engages students in Years 7 to 9 with maths games designed to challenge and inspire.

Count on Us focuses on collaboration and competition to motivate students. By combining a series of activities and problem-solving tasks linked to the maths curriculum, Count on Us makes maths fun and boosts students’ confidence around learning. It is open to state schools based in the Greater London area.

Schools receive teacher training and resources to support the Count on Us activities, as well as accompanying guides and workbooks. The resources are designed for use in classrooms and maths clubs, with students honing skills via in-school tournaments. Teams of five pupils then represent their school in the Count on Us tournaments, including regional Heats and the Grand Final at City Hall.

Count on Us is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered in partnership with The Maths Zone.

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge has five different activities:

  1. Hedgehog: A dice game using probability
  2. Data-Chart-Analysis: A game using real-world statistics
  3. GridLines: A card game of geometry
  4. 24® Game: A fast-paced game of mental arithmetic
  5. Algebraic Problem Solving: A themed team game of algebra


Before running the Count on Us programme in your school, you will have attended a teacher training session and drop-in on running in-school tournaments. Training slides will be made available here after the session. Follow the link below to sign up to our training dates.

During the training session, we will take you through your Count on Us resource kit, the activity rounds, the teacher handbook and pupil workbook and how to make the most of this online Resource Area. After completing the training, we want to make sure that you are excited about the programme and understand what you need to do to practise and prepare for the Count on Us Challenge.

Resource kits will be given directly to teachers who attend in-person training and will be sent out to schools where teachers attend online training. Your resource kit will include:

  • 20 x small dice
  • 1 x large foam die
  • 5 x GridLines geometry card game sets
  • 1 x 24® Game sets (including single, double digits, algebra, integers and fractions cards)