Mathematics Competitions

October 2019

List of Mathematics Competitions – Wikipedia



Maths Careers Maths of Space Poster Competition 2019.
Closing date January 10th 2020.

MEI – Ritangle.
Registration for MEI’s Ritangle opened on October 7th. Ritangle is a competition for teams of students of A level Mathematics, the International Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers requiring no knowledge of mathematics beyond A level Mathematics.

There have been some great questions to challenge your older students in these Ritangle competitions. note the links to the questions and answers to the 2016-2018 competitions.

MEI Ritangle 2018 q1

MEI Ritangle – 2018, Question 1


Puzzle of the Week is a free international puzzle competition for schools. The new competition opened on 23rd September 2019. Though aimed at 11-16 year olds, anyone from a registered school can enter. The competition is very simple to run. Puzzles are published weekly on Mondays. School and student performances are recorded and leaderboards are published on the results page.

The Puzzle Library is a brilliant collection; all the previous puzzles are available with detailed answers including extensions and background information. The library is helpfully indexed by topic.
Puzzle of the Week

ParallelNot a conventional competition, but to challenge your able mathematicians, try Parallel from Simon Singh. All materials and resources are completely free and teachers will have access to all the student scores from the Parallelograms which are automatically marked.

Students do earn points depending on their percentage score on each Parallelogram, which in turn earns mathematical badges. There will be prizes for schools and students linked to the badges in future. Keep an eye on Parallel for the latest news.

Nrich publish problems regularly for which students can submit solutions; problems remain live for about 6 weeks. Nrich are inviting students to send solutions and will publish a selection of them, along with the name of each student and their school.

For more information, have a look at this Nrich article: I’ve Submitted a Solution – What Next?Nrich

The Math Contest 2.0.
Math Contest 2.0
The Math Contest, which was started in 1996 by David Rock and Doug Brumbaugh, is now sponsored by Casio Education and powered by The University of  Mississippi’s School of Education.

UK Maths Challenges


MEI Calculator Crunch

Calculator Crunch ran from 10th to 20th June, 2019. MEIMaths posted daily questions designed to develop important calculator skills for KS2–3 transition. The questions were designed to help Year 6s to be calculator-ready for secondary school and/or give extra practice to KS3 students. Note the extras – download lesson plans for Year 6 and 7. MEI are aiming to bring the Calculator Crunch back for 2020

Maths Careers – Competitions Archives

Maths Week England 2020 will run from 9th–14th November 2020
Maths Week England – 11th-16th November 2019
Maths Week England aims to “Raise the profile of Mathematics throughout England, you can see the full aims here. Note the various competitions running including a Secondary and Post 16 quiz featuring questions for every age group from Y7 to Y13 and also the resources available. MangaHigh, Sumdog and TimeTables Rockstars are running competitions using their software for all schools whether or not they subscribe and we also have MEI’s Ritangle competition and Desmos Art Competition. All the details are on the Maths Week England competition page.

The Royal Statistical Society’s Statistic of the Year 2018 has now closed. Over 200 nominations in total, an RSS record were received. The judging panel, chaired by RSS’s president, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, of eminent journalists, economists, statisticians and pollsters have announced the results. All the results, both International and UK are given and cover a variety of issues from key environmental issues to the number of Jaffa Cakes in the Christmas tube!

The 2017 winners are similarly fascinating.

WorldMathsDay 2018World Maths Day is over! 7th March 2018 was the big day.

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We can still practise our tables with these resources. There are many games available to help you practice your tables:

From Transum Software comes Flash tables which will present you with random questions from your chosen tables and then show the answer at the speed you select. Also from Transum, see this great Tables Collection which has several activities to try.


Try this Tables Test from which you can play at different levels.

BBC Skillswise though written for adults has some useful activities for students.

For a real challenge try a Find the Factors puzzle from Iva Sallay.

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