We have been made aware of concerns about the lack of diversity among the characters appearing in the Summer Maths Challenge questions which the SMC produced on behalf of the Deputy First Minister.
We recognise the importance of representation, especially for groups of people who have traditionally been under-represented in maths, or more generally discriminated against. In theming this Challenge around the Scottish Women’s National Team we aimed in particular to address the under-representation of girls and women in maths. We recognise, however, that other aspects of diversity were not addressed in these questions.
We will work to ensure that other aspects of diversity are addressed in future Challenges, and we apologise to anyone who felt excluded as a consequence of our choices this time round.