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'Maths competitions shouldn’t be aimed just at the ‘brightest’ students', says NCETM Director in new blog post

Created on 05 November 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 November 2018 by ncetm_administrator

In a new blog post, the NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp urges schools and colleges to expose all pupils to competitions run by maths organisations, rather than choosing only a proportion of them to tackle the challenges.

Drawing on his own experience teaching in the FE/sixth form college sector, Charlie thinks the challenges offer opportunities for all students.

‘I think the best way to use the competitions is to encourage (but not compel) all students to have a go, on the basis that they have nothing to lose and that students who really couldn’t see themselves doing maths for fun often surprise themselves by really enjoying the experience.’

And conversations he’s had with teachers of other school phases have strengthened this view.

‘Primary and KS3/4 teachers have also told me they are sometimes surprised by children who shine in the competitions but have not yet shown their potential in class, and that this has resulted in an improvement in their attitude towards maths.’

There are various competitions, aimed at different age-groups, running throughout the school year.

But the first in the list below runs in the week beginning 12 November 2018.

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