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Record numbers compete in maths challenge

On 30 April a total of 291 130 students from Year 8 and below in England and Wales; S2 and below in Scotland; and Year 9 and below in Northern Ireland competed in the UK Maths Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge 2009, sponsored by the Profession. The students represented 3804 schools across the UK.

The challenge involves answering 25 questions of increasing difficulty, which aim to stimulate mathematical thinking beyond the school curriculum. Gold, silver and bronze certificates were awarded to participants with the top 40% of scores, and each participating school received a ‘best in school’ certificate for their top performer. About 1200 students were invited to take part in the Junior Olympiad, which followed on 16 June.