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Team Challenge

The 2020 competition will be launched in early October, when the entry form (and details of event dates and venues) will be available here.

The Team Maths Challenge (TMC) is a competition which gives pupils the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills.

Each school is invited to enter a team of four pupils for a Regional Final, chosen from:

England and Wales School Years 8 and 9
Scotland School Years S1 and S2
Northern Ireland School Years 9 and 10

Pupils in younger year groups can make up a team; however, no more than two pupils from the older age group are allowed (i.e. no more than two pupils from Year 9 in England and Wales, or S2 in Scotland, or Year 10 in Northern Ireland). For example, a team is usually made up of two Year 8 pupils and two Year 9 pupils (or equivalent) but could instead consist of one Year 7 pupil, two Year 8 pupils and one Year 9 pupil.

Schools which finish at Year 8 or start at Year 9 (in England) can borrow students from another school in order to field a team of Year 8 and Year 9 pupils.

How the TMC Works

Team selection and practice

Download materials to use in school. Run the activities in the classroom for the enjoyment of all pupils, or use the materials to help select the team of four pupils to represent your school at the Regional Finals.

Regional Finals

Held at various venues from February to April.

Enter your team for a TMC Regional Final.

Regional Finals run at over 65 centres across the United Kingdom from February to April. Your team and accompanying teacher will spend a day out of school at the Regional Final, competing against other schools in your area. The day starts at approximately 10am and finishes at around 3pm (with some local variations).

Entry to a Regional Final costs £37. Each participant receives a participation certificate and a gift; the top three teams at every Regional Final also receive prizes. The winning team at each Regional Final and a few runners-up (space permitting) will receive an invitation to the National Final.

Frequently asked questions

TMC National Final

Held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London. The 2019 event will take place on Monday 17th June. These schools have been invited. All participants will receive a certificate and goody bag, and the winners will be presented with prizes and the UKMT Team Maths Challenge trophy.

Overview of the 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 previous answer, referred to as T in Questions 2, 3 and 4 (e.g. "T is the number that you will receive.").


Teams split off into pairs, with pairs taking it in turns to solve problems. This round involves lots of movement as well as mathematics: a race against the clock with lots of lively activity and excitement.

Poster Competition (National Final only)

Teams are sent information in advance of the event about a topic for research and investigation. At the Final, teams make a poster incorporating materials that they have prepared while also addressing related questions given out on the day. Topics in previous years have included Leonhard Euler and his mathematics, polyominoes and folding. See previous winners of the TMC poster round.

Download full instructions and sample materials

Materials from the 2018 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from the 2017 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from the 2016 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from the 2015 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from the 2014 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from the 2013 Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals

Materials from past TMC National Finals are available here.


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