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Mayor's Fund For London

We’re inviting secondary schools in London to take part in this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge, an exciting 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 their problem solving skills.

Participating schools benefit from teacher training, a wide range of maths resources and accompanying teacher and pupil workbooks. After practising in school, teachers select five pupils to represent their school in the regional heats, with qualifying schools making it through to the semi-finals and grand finale at City Hall.

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is delivered in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The new National Curriculum foregrounds fluency, reasoning mathematically and solving problems. The Secondary Challenge is designed to explicitly emphasise these three ways of working. Students will develop fluency by practicing number and fraction combination problems against the clock. They will need to reason algebraically, comparing and solving equations to resolve a multi-level task. Finally, they will need to solve geometric problems based on classic shape puzzles, aiding the development of their geometric reasoning.

Each participating school will be required to;
– Select a lead teacher to attend teacher training in January 2020.
– Pay a reduced one-off fee of £200 per school*. This covers all of the resources and training that your school will receive, in addition to your pupils’ participation in tournament events.
– Set up practise sessions for the Secondary Challenge in school with Year 8 and 9 pupils. Schools typically introduce activities in maths lessons before selecting pupils to participate in an extra-curricular club to get ready for the heats.
– Select a team of five pupils to represent your school in the regional heats in April/May 2020.

*This is a provisional fee which may be subject to change.

You can now register your interest for 2019/20 HERE!

Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation makes grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. The Foundation has a wide range of programmes from those that are arts based, to public speaking training, to sports focused programmes, to supporting young people in the transition from education to employment.
The geographical focus of our work is London and Essex. Since it has been established the Foundation has awarded grants totalling over £100 million. For more information please visit

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