When I ran classes for Oxford maths undergraduates, I thought I’d reached the pinnacle of teaching. I was tasked with educating some of brightest minds in society, and delivered my lessons with a vigour that is rarely seen in the hallowed halls of the Oxford Mathematical Institute. My students were engaged and showed clear signs... Continue Reading →

# My Nephew Brought Home This Menacing Maths Problem

What happened next is a sad indictment of school maths. When my 12-year-old nephew invites me over, it can only mean one thing — he needs help with his maths homework. The problem seemed simple enough: Take four copies of the number 1234. Re-arrange the digits in each number so that the four numbers sum to 9000. For instance,... Continue Reading →

# Taught right, every maths pupil could be a Countdown winner (TES)

In 1997, during an episode of Countdown, I was blown away by a solution to the numbers game. Eleven years later I appeared on the show. Eight years after that I wrote this piece for TES on how to develop number sense. Read the full piece here.