05 November 2018
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.
- Primary Maths Challenge - years 5 and 6 (MA)
- Junior Mathematical Challenge - year 8 and below (UKMT)
- Team Challenge - years 8 and 9 (UKMT)
- Maths Feast - year 10 (AMSP)
- Intermediate Mathematical Challenge - year 11 and below (UKMT)
- Senior Team Mathematical Challenge - years 11, 12 and 13 (UKMT)
- Senior Mathematical Challenge - year 13 and below (UKMT).