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Count on Us Maths Challenges 2021

Church House Westminster will host the finals of the Count on Us Primary Challenge and the Jack Petchey Foundation Count on Us Secondary Challenge on the 29th of June and 1st of July 2021 respectively.  

Count on Us is a Mayor’s Fund for London programme for primary and secondary schools.

The Challenge is an exciting pan-London maths tournament that improves confidence and attitude by engaging young people in a range of maths activities designed to challenge, motivate and inspire while developing curriculum-based maths skills.

The unique programme, with its focus on teamwork and collaboration, has been run in classrooms and clubs across London’s schools, even during the period of school closures. The activities are developed in partnership with The Maths Zone, an education consultancy, and are in line with the new National Curriculum.

Making a positive difference

Count on Us Maths Challenge - Mayor's Fund for London

Good numeracy is an effective protective factor against unemployment, low wages and wider societal problems, including poor health. It is feared that the pandemic has pushed young people into a dark age of declining social mobility due to rising economic and educational inequalities. This ‘Covid generation’ faces significant learning losses as a result of prolonged school closures and must quickly fight against time to catch up, particularly in core subjects like maths.

Getting ready for the finals

Over several months, young people honed their skills at in-school or inter-school tournaments. Teams were then chosen to represent their school in the tournament heats, with the highest-scoring teams making it through to the final which will be held at Church House Westminster on Tuesday 29th June and Thursday 1st July 2021. 

Count on Us Primary Challenge

Currently in its 8th year, this programme is targeted at Years 4 and 5 pupils.

Jack Petchey Foundation Count on Us Secondary Challenge

Currently in its 7th year, this programme targets Years 7, 8 and 9 students and is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Get in touch and support 

Our mission is to combat the narrative that it is socially acceptable to be bad at maths. We will continue to provide vital skills education support for young Londoners to ensure they can get back on track after Covid-19 and fulfill their potential in whatever they choose to do after school. We are currently looking for organisations or individuals who can support the Count on Us Challenge and help us to grow the programme so that even more young Londoners can benefit.

To find out more about #CountonUs and how you can get involved, please contact Louise Richmond.