What are the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards?


The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards are the only team maths competition for primary schools in the UK. The competition, now in its seventh 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.

The competition consists of three rounds. The first is a regional knock out undertaken at an Explore Learning centre in November. Winners go through to the Semi-Final where school teams battle it out against other top schools in their region to try and win a space at the Grand Final taking place at the University of Cambridge in December.

Stefan Gates

Meet Stefan Gates!

We are delighted that Stefan Gates is involved with this years’ competition and will be presenting the trophy to the winning team! Stefan has made sixteen TV series and is an author of six books including ‘Gastronaut’ and ‘Incredible Edibles’. He is an advocate of the importance of maths, as discussed in his BBC show ‘Ecomaths’ where he shows how maths is used in the real world to help create a sustainable future.

Stefan Gates says: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with Explore Learning for this year’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. I am so excited to see some of the nation’s best young minds at work. To be brilliant at maths is an invaluable skill and this competition is a fantastic way of encouraging more children to develop those skills and enjoy their talent.”

How can you enter?

You can find and contact your local Explore Learning centre here or call 01483 447410. Each school can enter a team of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls) in year 6 or below to compete. The children will be asked to solve an exciting brand new mathematical problem that has never been seen before!

What are we looking for?

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. If this sounds like pupils in your school then why not enter a team?

Could your pupils tackle the below problem and find as many squares as possible? Full guidance and more past challenges can be found on the NRICH site here.


Ribbon squares maths problem