Pupils multiply their maths skills at the Number Partners Challenge 2016 Grand Final at XL Catlin 

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership hosted its fourth annual Number Partners Challenge final where top scoring teams from across the borough competed against each other on their hardest maths challenge yet.

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Teams of finalists waited with bated breath as the winners of the Number Partners Challenge 2016 were announced at the end of the Grand Final, hosted by global insurance company XL Catlin on Friday 27th May. Out of a record 73 participating teams from 13 Tower Hamlets schools that entered the competition in mid-April, nine teams were invited to the final. After competing in an hour-long maths challenge live at the final, the self-named ‘Hexadecagon’ team from Woolmore Primary were announced as the winners, followed by runners up ‘Beanishy Beano Returns’ from English Martyrs RC Primary.

To get to the final, pupils had to determine how many sheep and hens made up 8 heads and 22 legs, among other tricky problems, over three rounds.  All the finalists will be rewarded with a trip to Brighton’s University of Sussex in June to find out what it’s like to be a student at a top university outside of London.

Year 6 pupil Tahira from the winning team said her favourite part of the challenge was, “problem-solving because you have to figure things out by yourself, and also the prizes!”

One of the volunteers, Cemile Turker from Financial Conduct Authority, who is a Number Partner at Woolmore Primary said; “It’s brilliant to see the pupils working together as a team and I hope they’ll continue to do that when they go to secondary school.”

Another pupil, Morium, said about her volunteer Cemile, “she motivates us.  When she finds the answer to something she doesn’t’ tell us straight away, she’ll show us some way we can get to the answer ourselves.”

Managed by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP), Number Partners supports 7-14 year olds with attainment, confidence and motivation in numeracy. The scheme pairs volunteers from the business community with pupils for half an hour per week to play fun maths games, whilst simultaneously bringing young people into contact with role models from the world of work. There are currently 450 Number Partners working in 37 primary schools throughout Tower Hamlets.

The annual Number Partners Challenge takes the partnership further, with pupils and volunteers forming teams to complete three rounds of stretching maths-related challenges, using their problem-solving, logic and teamwork. Becky Feetham, Senior Project Manager at Tower Hamlets EBP who started the competition said: “Our mission is to help students to learn more, do more, and become more, and numeracy is a critical life skill within this aim.  Number Partners business volunteers make maths fun for pupils and gives them insight into how it can help them in later life.’

This year, the Number Partners Challenge is financially supported by the Ernest Cook Trust.