What are The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards?

Inspiring the next generation of mathematicians.

We are inviting pupils to compete in our team maths competition run with our friends at the NRICH project at the University of Cambridge. Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils who will have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathematical problem.

Register now for our 2018/19 competition!


 Fantastic team work

 Mathematical thinking

 Systematic recording

Could your pupils win a place at the Cambridge Grand Final? 

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

How it works

Due to popular demand, this year’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards is open to secondary schools as well as primary schools for the first time! Schools are invited to enter one team of four pupils to compete. The top five primary school teams and the top five secondary school teams from round 2 will be invited to the Grand Final at the University of Cambridge. Here are the dates for your diary:

Primary competition

For pupils in year 6/P7 and below.

Round 1: Wednesday 7th November 2018 | 12pm – 2pm at your local Explore Learning centre

Round 2: Wednesday 5th December 2018 | 12pm – 2pm at your local Explore Learning centre

Grand final: Wednesday 9th January 2019 | 11:30am – 5pm at the University of Cambridge

Secondary competition

For pupils in year 8/S2 and below.

Round 1: Thursday 8th November 2018 | 12pm – 2pm at your local Explore Learning centre

Round 2: Thursday 6th December 2018 | 12pm – 2pm at your local Explore Learning centre

Grand final: Thursday 10th January 2019 | 11:30am – 5pm at the University of Cambridge


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

NYMA puzzle


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.


Previous winners


NYMA 2018 winners

Ladbrooke Junior Mixed and Infant School, 2017


 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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