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Maths Week 2019

Natspec’s Maths Week 2019 ran from 25 February to 1 March 2019 with a focus on the maths skills used in creating, making or performing. Delivered in partnership with National Numeracy, our Maths Week is all about bringing maths teaching and learning for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities to the fore.  It gives tutors the opportunity to share practice and celebrate achievements in an area of the curriculum that can be challenging, while learners get the chance to have some fun with maths and enter a national competition if they wish to.

We hope to hear all about the maths skills learners are developing through

  • music (composing, playing, mixing, DJing)
  • dance (choreographing or performing)
  • art (any medium)
  • craft (designing or making)
  • drama (acting, writing, directing, set design, costume, make-up…)
  • media/film
  • spoken or written word
  • technology
  • creative thinking in any situation (e.g. coming up with innovative solutions to problems).

Getting involved

Why not watch a recording of our launch webinar for tutors/teachers? You’ll find ideas on how to embed maths into creative activity and help learners develop the maths skills they need to create, perform, or design. We’ll also be sharing more details on how learners can enter our competition during the webinar.

During Maths Week itself, tweet about your learners’ creative maths experiences, and see what others are up to by following the hashtag #MathsCreative.

Feel free to download our Maths Week logo to use around your organisation.


To enter this year’s competition, individual learners or small groups simply need to submit a showcase of the maths skills they have developed and/or used while being creative.  The winner will be the individual or group with the most impressive showcase of skills.  We will be looking for evidence that learners have used a variety of maths skills to help them achieve their creative goals and that these maths skills have wider applicability to other areas of the learners’ lives.

The showcase can take the form of a short video (max 3 minutes); annotated photographs; a reflective log; a series of witness statements or another file that can be uploaded.  Feel free to use your imagination. 

The competition is open to any learner or group of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16 or over, including adult learners. You don’t have to be a Natspec member to enter learners.

Closing date for competition entries: 5pm on 8 March 2019, with winners announced at the Natspec Annual Conference on 2 April 2019. 

The competition is now closed. Thank you to all those who entered.

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