Free Maths masterclasses for strong S1 students

The education charity TalentEd runs a national programme, Maths Masterclass Tutorials,  designed to stretch the most able maths students, in order to increase the number and diversity of excellent mathematicians. They currently have over 500 high-achieving students in S2-4 receiving weekly maths online tutorials in small groups. Around 50% of masterclass students are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

TalendEd now need your help to recruit the new cohort of S1 students!

This is an extraordinary opportunity for students, designed to put them on the path to maths excellence.

The first term of ten masterclasses are free for all students, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds will continue to have free places for five years. The remaining students who wish to continue will receive subsidised places at £5 per masterclass.

How can students join Maths Masterclasses?

The first step is for students to attend one of the TalentEd introductory webinars, running on Sunday 3rd October at 7pm and Tuesday 5th October at 7pm.

Towards the end of these webinars, students will be invited to a follow-up webinar, during which we will pose maths questions to help us find the right programme for each student. Any student who cannot be accommodated in a maths masterclass will be invited to a series of ten maths webinars presented by notable maths speakers, such as Simon Singh (author of “Fermat’s Last Theorem”) and Junaid Mubeen (Countdown champion). These FREE webinars are designed to develop problem-solving skills.

Click here to learn more and to download an invitation to share with students, including details of how to join the introductory webinar.

Please email if you have any questions about the maths webinar.

Does My Vote Count?

We’re very pleased indeed to publish Does My Vote Count? A Multiplicative Reasoning Project.

It’s free to download from the SMC Articles page or the link above.

This project allows pupils to explore the maths behind different systems for fairly allocating seats in an election. Topics include:

  • Proportional representation
  • The Alternative Vote system
  • The Additional Member system
  • Boundary changes and gerrymandering

It includes exercises, three longer investigations, and a case study of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. It should interest people who care about mathematics for citizenship, and those who want to build connections between Maths and Modern Studies or History.

Many thanks to the authors Chris Pritchard, Simon Fogiel, Brenda Harden, Phil Knight, as well as to Carol Lyon, Helen Martin, Karen Hart and Allan Duncan, for this excellent resource!

SMC Virtual Conference: Saturday 6 March 2021

We hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times. As you may be aware, the Scottish Mathematical Council has made the difficult decision not to hold our usual conference at Stirling University in Spring 2021 and will instead offer an online/virtual conference. 

Whilst we are sad to have been forced to break from tradition, a virtual conference does offer new and exciting possibilities and we plan to offer three different types of session:

  • live presentation 
  • pre-recorded presentation 
  • professional discussion on a theme of common interest

We would be delighted if you were able to lead a session of your preferred format.  

Should you be willing to do so, please register your interest no later than Monday 9th November 2020 by completing this form.

Thank you,


The SMC Virtual Conference Planning Team

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