Bobby Seagull, University Challenge legend, TV presenter, school maths teacher and author

The longest running maths competition for schools is back, with University Challenge icon and maths guru, Bobby Seagull presenting - The National Young Mathematicians' Awards!

Organised by Explore Learning and NRICH at the University of Cambridge we are encouraging primary and secondary schools across the UK to enter a team of four children to battle it out to become crowned the National Young Mathematicians of the Year.

• Inspiring the next generation of mathematicians with University Challenge Legend, Bobby Seagull official ambassador 

• Maths competition for primary AND secondary school children 

• Closing date to enter 19th October.  Finalists compete in Grand Final at University of Cambridge in January 

Explore Learning’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards are back!  The competition – aimed at school children across the UK is returning with a new format – where both primary schools and secondary school children can compete against other teams across the country to be crowned the National Young Mathematicians of the Year! 

Now in its ninth year, the free competition was the UK’s first team maths contest for schools and is organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning ( and NRICH at the University of Cambridge.  

Bobby Seagull, University Challenge legend, TV presenter, school maths teacher and author who is currently studying a Doctorate in Mathematical Education at the University of Cambridge will have the job of awarding the winners and runners up with their prizes on 9th January!  His book, The Life-changing Magic of Numbers is set to launch next month by Penguin Random House while his TV show with fellow University Challenge contestant, Eric Monkman, The Monkman and Seagull Genius Guide to Britain, is currently taking BBC2 and twitter by storm!

Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils who will have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathematical problem.  By popular demand, this year’s competition will be split into two levels. The Primary Competition is for pupils in Year 6 (England) and P7 in Wales and Scotland and below while the Secondary Competition is for pupils in Year 8 (England) and 2nd Year in Wales in Scotland and younger. 

Bobby Seagull says: “I’m really pleased to be the ambassador for this year’s National Young Mathematicians’ Awards. Maths is in my blood and I’m thrilled to be able to inspire the next generation who might one day study at the University of Cambridge themselves – and perhaps appear on University Challenge! Maths is such an integral part of our everyday lives and having competitions like this really encourages children to see the importance of it and excitement that it can bring. I can’t wait to celebrate the children’s success with them.” 

The contest is be made up of three rounds.  The first rounds which takes place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November at 12pm – 2pm, sees teams compete against other local schools at an Explore Learning centre near them.  The semi-finals which happen on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December at 12pm – 2pm, take the highest scoring schools in their region who battle it out to become the top five teams in the UK.  Here the highest scoring primary and secondary schools from the across the UK will venture to Cambridge to take part in the grand final in January! 

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at organisers of the competition, Explore Learning says: “We are very excited to be launching the ninth National Young Mathematicians’ Awards.  After the positive feedback from teachers, parents and children alike we have decided to grow the competition to encompass secondary school children as well – giving those from years seven and eight the opportunity to show off their maths skills and compete in a fun, challenging environment.

“The children absolutely love taking part in the competition and making it to the grand final at the University of Cambridge is one of their proudest moments that stays with them for life!  We can’t wait to see the impressive problem solving skills and fantastic teamwork that will be on display.”  

Not only will this year’s winners be crowned the best young mathematicians in the country, the two winning teams and eight runners up will receive prizes from Meccano, Letts Revision, i-Top and Sum Fun.  

The full list of prizes include: 

For runners up:

- Meccano 5 Model Set – Roadster, with pull back motor and 174 parts to build worth £14.99

- An i-Top each – the next generation of electronic spinning game worth £14.99

- Sum Fun games

- Book bundle from Letts Revision worth £60

For the winners:

- Tipped as one of the hottest toys for Christmas, BOXER from Spin Master is your real robot pal, worth £79.99.   BOXER is a tiny interactive AI robot buddy filled with technology, fun games, and a lively personality.  It includes touch sensors, game activating feature cards and remote control!

- An i-Top each – the next generation of electronic spinning game worth £14.99

- Sum Fun games

- Book bundle from Letts Revision worth £60

The winning team last year was Ladbrooke Junior Mixed and Infant School in Barnet who triumphed over 700 teams from all over the UK and were presented with their prize by author of The Murderous Maths series of books, Kjartan Poskitt.  

Last year’s winning school's Deputy Head, Helen Romain said: “I would definitely recommend the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards to other schools.  It has been great to challenge my higher achievers who have completed all of the year six objectives already!  It’s been excellent for developing teamwork skills and perseverance and felt amazing to win!  The children did so well to get to the final and we are all so very proud.” 

To help schools prepare for the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards, Explore Learning and NRICH have put together a number of teacher resources, downloadable from the Explore Learning website –  They are also offering FREE problem-solving workshops. 

Explore Learning is an award-winning provider of extra tuition for children aged four to 14, taking a unique and personalised approach to maths and English tuition. Since 2001 over 200,000 children have excelled academically, reached their potential and achieved the best possible results with Explore Learning. They are unwavering in their mission to develop a generation of fearless learners; children who will excel in the classroom, be confident in exams and fearless in school and beyond. 

For more information on the awards and to register a team please visit or speak to a member of the team on 01483 447410.

About Explore Learning:  

• Explore Learning provides maths and English tuition for 4-14 year olds  

• Over 35,000 children attend Explore Learning centres every week.  It has 139 centres across the UK  

• All courses are aligned to the National Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence and Explore Learning tutors select appropriate resources for each child to ensure they cover a combination of courses, enabling them to reach their potential in all areas. 

• All Explore centres are located in areas that are convenient for families to attend – these include centres within shopping centres such as Westfield London, Lakeside, Cabot Circus and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.  

• Explore Learning was named the best Private Tuition Centre Operator in the Education Investor Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016, a One to Watch in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, a finalist in the European Business Awards and were recently named the 20th Best Place to Work For by GlassDoor. For the last 6 years Explore Learning has been named as one of the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for in the UK.

About Bobby Seagull: Bobby Seagull gained the affection of the British public from his popular appearances leading the Emmanuel College Cambridge team on University Challenge. Bobby is still at Emmanuel, studying for his Doctorate in Mathematical Education whilst also teaching maths at his local school in east London. His television series with fellow University Challenge contestant Eric Monkman, The Monkman and Seagull Genius Guide to Great Britain is currently being broadcast on BBC2. Bobby’s book, The Life-changing Magic of Numbers is being published in October 2018 by Penguin Random House. 

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertiser Skyscrapers

Video Advert

Newsroom Activity

Which Will Be The First College? is now a featured video. 14 hours 38 minutes ago

Which Will Be The First College?

Stefan Drew of looks at the College of the Future .. # CollegeComm #CollegeoftheFuture Remember the first...

Stefan Drew shared a video in channel. 14 hours 44 minutes ago

Which Will Be The First College?

Stefan Drew of looks at the College of the Future .. # CollegeComm #CollegeoftheFuture Remember the first...

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page