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During November, many East Midlands schools are sending teams to the Senior Team Maths Challenge in the region. These events are great fun – for schools with and without experience of UKMT competitions – and provide opportunities for pupils to work together, often with Year 13 students supporting younger team members.

Teams compete against each other in a variety of rounds:

Group Round

Teams work to solve ten questions of varying type and difficulty in the time allowed. Each team must decide their own strategy: whether to work in pairs, individually or as a team.


Similar to a crossword but with numerical answers. Teams work in pairs; one pair has the across clues and the other pair has the down clues. The pairs work independently to complete the grid using logic and deduction.


Teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of four questions. Each team is divided into Pair A (given Questions 1 and 3) and Pair B (given Questions 2 and 4). Question 1 can be solved independently of the others, but the answer to each subsequent question is dependent on the answer to the previous one.

Previous years’ questions can be found on our website.

Have Fun!

By Caroline Wilson

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