What are The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards?

The only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK.

The competition, now in its ninth year, is run in conjunction with the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge and is designed to inspire and challenge talented mathematicians from across the UK.

Register now for our 2018 competition – round one takes place on 7th and 8th November!


 Fantastic team work

 Mathematical thinking

 Systematic recording

Inspiring the next generation of mathematicians

Our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards feeds a passion for learning and inspires children to aim high! Our past winners have always loved to work in a team to tackle a unique mathematical challenge. Take a look at our video to see just what happens at the final.

Practice Questions

About the competition

Our past winners have always loved to work in a team to tackle a unique mathematical challenge. Each school can enter a team of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) in year 6 or below to compete. The children will have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathematical problem!

Warm up your pupils’ brains with this challenge – can they solve it?


2017 maths competition winners

Meet the winners of this year’s competition

A huge congratulations to Brooke Callaghan, Daisy Dixon, Vincent Lee and Joel Swedensky from Ladbrooke Junior Mixed and Infant School who have been crowned the National Young Mathematicians’ of 2017!

Read about the exciting final at the University of Cambridge on 13th December in our blog post.



Kjartan Poskitt

Maths ambassadors

Every year we invite an inspirational mathematician to be an ambassador for our National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. in 2017, we were delighted that Kjartan Poskitt was involved with the competition! Kjartan’s books have been translated into about 30 languages and include the 18 Murderous Maths books and also books on space, puzzles, codes, magic, biographies, five historical musicals and several funny novels including his “Agatha Parrot” series. As well as touring the UK with his maths and space shows, he’s been a TV presenter, a pub piano player and Widow Twankey in Aladdin.

Kjartan said: “I’m so pleased to be involved with the National Young Mathematician’s Awards. I’ve heard from so many kids who have taken part in the past and they’ve all loved it and come away feeling very proud of themselves. Explore Learning and NRICH are always coming up with fun new maths challenges, and of course nothing beats the feeling of getting an answer right!  Maths isn’t just about sums, it’s about games, puzzles and tricks. My personal favourite thing is silly facts! (Did you know the number of seconds in 6 weeks = 10! … ie. 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1?) So don’t miss this chance to join in, you’ll probably discover you’ve got skills you didn’t even know about!


If you’d like to prepare a team for The National Young Mathematicans’ Awards, or simply want to find a new maths challenge for your class, you can access our free resources!



We’ve been working with the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge since 2010. You can find out more about the maths problems they create on the NRICH website.


Amazing prizes


The winning team members each receive a Meccano M.A.X. Robot worth £149.99 – the most advanced Meccano robot to date, and finalist team members each receive a Meccano 25 Model Set.

The winning team members each receive an EK230 Drawing system pen, EK240 Calligraphy pen and Stix Drawing Pen and their school will receive £500 worth of stationery. The finalist team members also each get a Stix Drawing Pen and a class pack of stationery for their schools.

Kidzania logo

All teams in the final each win a family trip for four people to Kidzania worth £88, and their schools get a class trip to Kidzania worth £420.

Sum Fun logo

All team members in the final will each win a Sum Fun game, the educational numbers game for the whole family.

All team members in the final each win a signed set of Murderous Maths books by our maths ambassador, Kjartan Poskitt.

Previous winners


 Bilton Junior School, 2016


Badger Hill Primary School, 2015


Holbrook Primary School, 2014


Stalyhill Junior School, 2013


Knaphill Junior School, 2012


Wood End Primary School, 2011


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