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Team Maths Challenges

What is the TMC?

Team Maths Challenges give students the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills.

Find your nearest TMC venues.

Please contact teams@ukmt.org.uk if you have any questions.

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Who is it for?

The Challenges are aimed at students from Year 8 and 9 from schools and colleges based in the UK. All entries must be made by registered UKMT centres, not individual students or their parents. Each team consists of four students, with a maximum of two students from
Year 9. Only one team from each centre may be entered into the TMC.

How do I take part?

Your school/college needs to become a registered UKMT centre. Your institution must be in the UK, a Crown Dependency or be a British International School.

After verification, you will need to purchase a TMC ticket through your Competition Profile. One ticket is for one team, four students and one teacher. 

How much does it cost?

The registration fee per team is £40. As a charity, we do not make a profit from entry fees. We spend all the money we raise on advancing the education of young people in maths.

Regional Finals

In 2024, the Teams Maths Challenge is set to occur at multiple Regional Finals throughout the UK, with no National Final scheduled for this year.

All participating teams will attend an event at a host TMC venue, most usually a school or university. Once at the competition the teachers will be briefed about the format of the day whilst students complete practice questions at their allocated station. 

Please arrive in plenty of time so the team can be registered on arrival and get settled at their station, ahead of the start of the competition and teacher briefing. 

The Challenges will most likely take place in a sports hall or alternatively a large room with tables in the middle. Each table will have a table number, and a TMC kit complete with papers, pens and a notepad. 

All materials required for the TMC will be provided by UKMT so there is no need to bring anything from home or school.

On arrival students will complete starter questions under the supervision of their school teacher.

Starter Question

The starter questions do not contribute towards the final score of the team, they are provided to get the students ready for the activities ahead. A UKMT volunteer will remain with the students whilst teachers are bring briefed.

The Four Rounds

Teams compete against each other in four rounds – The Group, The Crossnumber, The Shuttle and The Relay. Find out more about each Round below and click the ‘Sample Paper’ to see previous materials.

Find your nearest events

Enter your post code, or click the location finder to find your nearest Team Maths Challenge. To reset, click the “X” on the filled in Location.

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Aston University Engineering Academy & Sixth Form

Location: 1 Lister St, Birmingham B7 4AG
Date: April 19, 2024
Places left: 7
Price: £40 per team

Caroline Chisholm School

Location: Wooldale Rd, Northampton NN4 6TP
Date: April 24, 2024
Places left: 12
Price: £40 per team

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital

Location: Bristol BS8 1JX
Date: April 26, 2024
Places left: 8
Price: £40 per team

St Malachy’s College, Belfast

Location: St Malachy’s College, 36 Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 2AE
Date: April 29, 2024
Places left: 3
Price: £40 per team

High Tunstall College of Science

Location: West Park, Hartlepool TS26 0LQ
Date: April 30, 2024
Places left: 18
Price: £40 per team

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Location: Buckland Rd, Maidstone ME16 0SF, UK
Date: May 1, 2024
Places left: 9
Price: £40 per team

St. Olave's Grammar School

Location: Goddington Ln, Orpington BR6 9SH
Date: May 2, 2024
Places left: 6
Price: £40 per team

Headington School

Location: Oxford OX3 7TD
Date: May 2, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Wilson’s School

Location: Wallington SM6 9JW
Date: May 7, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Walton High

Location: Walton High, Brooklands Campus Fen Street Milton Keynes MK10 7HE
Date: May 7, 2024
Places left: 6
Price: £40 per team

Tiffin School

Location: Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL
Date: May 9, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Lancaster University School of Mathematics

Location: Preston PR1 4BA
Date: May 10, 2024
Places left: 5
Price: £40 per team

Bolton School

Location: Bolton BL1 4PA
Date: May 14, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

David Nieper Academy

Location: Alfreton DE55 7JA
Date: May 17, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Matthew Arnold School

Location: Oxford OX2 9JE
Date: June 4, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Monmouth School for Girls

Location: Monmouth NP25 5XT
Date: June 6, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Lawnswood School

Location: Leeds LS16 5AG
Date: June 10, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Woodbridge School

Location: Woodbridge IP12 4JH
Date: June 14, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Loretto School

Location: East Lothian EH21 7RE
Date: June 19, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

Sidcot School

Location: Oakridge Ln, Winscombe BS25 1PD
Date: June 24, 2024
Places left: 10
Price: £40 per team

Exmouth College

Location: Exmouth EX8 3AF
Date: June 26, 2024
Places left: 0
Price: £40 per team

FAQs

UKMT provide all materials, including, pens, papers, rubbish and recycling facilities for anything left over, certificates for each team member and school and anything else that is required in order to take part in the TMC events.

The questions are answered with a pen and paper only; no calculators, rulers, protractors or other mathematical equipment is allowed.

The TMC start at 10am and we encourage participating teams and teacher to be at the event for 9:30am.. We are unable to start the competition after 10am to accommodate latecomers due to the timings required to fit in all elements of the competition. Teams who arrive late will join the competition on arrival and may have less time to complete the first round.

There will be a 30-minute lunch break during the event and other break times between rounds. The day is scheduled to finish at 3pm but we would ask participants to allow extra time in case the event overruns.

Lunch: Students are required to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. Refreshments and lunch for the accompanying teachers will be provided by the venue.

We hope that everyone who participates in a Teams Maths Challenge will leave feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement from their and the teams efforts during the competition. All participating students and schools will receive a certificate of recognition. The teams finishing in first, second and third place will also receive an additional certificate – and a prize.

Past Papers

Download UKMT’s free past papers to help students achieve better results.

Maths Books

Browse UKMT’s range of maths books and older past papers on Amazon to help you and your students prepare for maths challenges.

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