Why Maths Week England? (a personal story)

A word from our founder

Maths Week England was set up in 2019 with the goal of ensuring that no children miss out on the opportunities that being a confident competent mathematician can give them.

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I struggled at school, university, and well beyond. Severe untreated ADHD meant that I was frequently marked out as the ‘naughtylazy‘ ‘forgetful‘ ‘untidy‘ ‘restless‘ or simply  ‘disorganised‘ kid.

II found it hard to remember much for more than a few seconds, so discovering that maths didn’t have to be about just memory changed my life. I saw that it could be about having fun with your brain  looking for patterns, spotting connections, making predictions and solving problems. Even if I had never been told about billions, I could predict  with certainty that 7 billion plus two billion would be 9 billion. Awesome!

As I’ve travelled around the country, however, I’ve noticed that not every pupil sees maths this way. 

For some, the pressures of an over-crowded curriculum means that mathematics seems to them to be a painful and meaningless waste of time, with only the threat of not getting a GCSE pass keeping them going. I don’t believe any child deserves to feel this way.

I believe we as teachers can change this perception, and help build a nation of confident mathematicians, who both use and enjoy mathematics. This is why Maths Week England exists. I hope you will join me and help change the conversation around mathematics across the nation.

Thank you for your support!

Andrew Jeffrey, founder, Maths Week England

The Story so far:

Students Taking Part