The Maths Masterclass TutorialsWith Simon Singh
The Maths Masterclass Tutorials are an intense programme of FREE online Maths tuition designed to stretch and challenge the very best young mathematicians
Following the huge success of our pilot in May, we are now scaling up to a year-long FREE programme. The Maths Masterclass Tutorials programme is delivered by TalentEd in partnership with best-selling author Dr. Simon Singh.
What are the Maths Masterclass Tutorials?
A unique opportunity to help talented young mathematicians become brilliant
This programme is about fostering brilliant mathematicians – those who love Maths and will go on to study Maths-based STEM subjects at an advanced level. In particular we aim to provide this opportunity to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access this kind of support. Sessions are designed to challenge students and stretch them beyond the Maths they will be doing at school. These sessions will improve their Maths problem-solving, understanding and confidence, and generally increase their enjoyment and commitment to the subject.
High quality FREE weekly online Maths tutorials
The hour-long sessions are delivered via Zoom. Sessions will cover a mix of quick and fun Maths questions followed by longer and more challenging problems that the group will work through together with their tutor. Students will also be expected to complete homework in between sessions, which will help to embed what they have covered in the previous session, give them a chance to tackle some challenging problems on their own, and prepare them for the following week’s session.
A year-long programme of support and challenge
Starting in November, we will be running a 4-week taster programme for students to try out the concept. At the end of the taster programme, we will invite those students who have shown commitment and engagement to continue on for the remainder of the school year. See timeline below for more detail
Virtual tutorial groups of strong maths students from across the country
Students will be placed in small virtual tutorial groups with students who share their interest and enthusiasm for Maths, carefully selected from across the country. Students will build relationships with – and learn from – this nationwide network of like-minded peers.
Led by our brilliant and experienced tutors
Our tutors are carefully selected through a rigorous vetting process. They all have teaching qualifications and/or many years of teaching and tutoring experience in Maths, and we only work with the most engaging and passionate mathematicians.
"The beauty of it was that it was a break from the norm. The work and homework was challenging, but he felt supported. He had a smile on his face when he finished." (May pilot parent)
"Having a small group so we got to have a go at trying the problems and sharing our methods. It was fun whether you got them right or wrong." (May pilot student)
"They loved interacting with kids from other schools… They can learn from the others. Just four classes, but they’ve made a big difference." (May pilot parent)
"I enjoyed the fact that there were questions that I actually found hard, creating a nice challenge for me." (May pilot student)
"Their school maths work is not nearly stretching enough, despite being in the top sets, so it was a great opportunity for them to have some more engaging material and in a small group format." (May pilot parent)
"I really loved how interesting and fun the teaching methods were, it was a great session and I learnt a lot!" (May pilot student)
Who is eligible?
In our first year the programme is open to any student in Year 8 or Year 11 (S1 or S4 in Scotland) who attends a non-selective state school in the UK. This will be expanded in future years. We will give priority to students from less affluent backgrounds (see FAQs for details on this). To be selected for this programme, we need to see evidence that students truly have potential to become top mathematicians. This means meeting at least the following:
- Predicted an 8 for Maths GCSE (or equivalent)
- In the top 10% in Maths in their school’s year group
- Awarded a Silver in the most recent relevant UKMT Maths Challenge (if they have entered)
How do I take part?
Below is the timeline for the 2020-21 programme.
Parents/guardians: Apply for your child to take part here.
Teachers: Nominate up to six students from your school here.
The deadline for applications is October 9th (for both parents and teachers).
Tutors: If you are an exceptional and experienced Maths teacher and want to tutor with us, click here.
Is there a cost?
We are passionate about providing opportunities to those who otherwise would not be able to access them. The Maths Masterclass Tutorials will be free of charge for all students selected to take part. Priority will be given to students from less affluent households.
How will students be safeguarded?
Safeguarding of young people on our programmes is our highest priority. With online tuition there are specific considerations to make sure young people are kept safe. Below is a summary of the steps we take to keep students safe, but please see our Online Safeguarding Policy here for more detail, or contact email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss any concerns you have.
- All sessions are recorded and stored on TalentEd’s secure server for 28 days. A selection of the recordings are reviewed by a member of the TalentEd team, and can be accessed should there be any concerns
- All tutors are have an enhanced DBS clearance, they have had two references validated, and they have been interviewed by TalentEd
- No contact information is shared between tutors and students – all communication outside of tuition sessions goes via TalentEd
The project has primarily been supported in a personal capacity by Alex Gerko, the Founder/CEO of FinTech company XTX Markets, who is a mathematician himself and has a history of supporting Maths programmes for students across the UK.
Good Thinking, a charity that currently runs several Maths education projects, funded our pilot projects at the start of 2020. The charity, founded by Simon Singh, will continue to develop new materials for the Maths Masterclass Tutorials.