Awards showcase the sum of youthful maths knowledge

For the first time, the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards is open to both primary and secondary schoolchildren 

Explore Learning’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards, aimed at schoolchildren across the UK, is returning with a new format. This time around, both primary and secondary school children will be able to compete for the crown of National Young Mathematician of the Year.

Now in its ninth year, the free competition is organised by Explore Learning and NRICH at the University of Cambridge. Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils.

The contest is be made up of three rounds. The first, taking place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November, will see teams compete against other local schools at an Explore Learning centre near them.  The semi-finals, scheduled for Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December, take the highest scoring schools in a region. The five highest scorers will travel to Cambridge to take part in the grand final in January.

“It has been great to challenge my higher achievers and excellent for developing teamwork skills and perseverance.”

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning, said: “After the positive feedback from teachers, parents and children alike, we have decided to grow the competition to encompass secondary school children as well, giving those from years seven and eight the opportunity to show off their maths skills and compete in a fun, challenging environment.”

Besides the title, teams will be competing for prizes including Meccano Boxers, i-Tops, Sum Fun games, and book bundles from Letts Revision.

The winning team last year was Ladbrooke Junior Mixed and Infant School in Barnet, who beat over 700 teams from across the UK to claim the title.

Deputy Head, Helen Romain, said: “I would definitely recommend the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards to other schools. It has been great to challenge my higher achievers and excellent for developing teamwork skills and perseverance. The children did so well to get to the final and we are all so very proud.”

To help schools prepare, teacher resources are available to download here.

For more information on the awards, or to register a team, please visit, or speak to a member of the team on 01483 447410. Closing date for entry is 19th October. 

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