Foundation maths students take on the MEI Further Education Challenge

20 Mar 2022

New College GCSE Maths students total up the wins in national Maths competition designed to help functional skills students build confidence and revise for their exams.

Maths can be seen as the marmite subject, with people loving or hating it – but the one thing we can agree about the subject is mathematics is an invaluable life skill. No matter who you are and what you do, yes, your GCSE math teacher was right – you will need Maths once you leave secondary school. 49.9% of secondary schools achieve a grade 5 or above, meaning many of the nation's students will face the prospect of retaking their GCSE mathematics at college or sixth-form. We see hundreds of students of all ages each year, committed to achieving their GCSE maths, with many needing the qualification to progress in their desired careers or courses.

This year our Foundation Maths students entered the MEI Further Education Challenge, a fast-paced series of quizzes held online, using the quiz medium favoured by educators and families during lockdown games nights, Kahoot! The competition is designed to build confidence in its participants, foster a healthy sense of competition whilst helping with revision for their upcoming exams.

New Colleges Students were out in force and made the College proud at the competition's finals held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium by securing first place in two of the three categories and placing second place in the third category. Maths enthusiast and Assistant Curriculum Manager, Elaine Fletcher said “Our students were a credit to the College and performed so well. We are very proud of them all.”

As proven by the their overwhelming success at MEI, our foundation students are equipped to tackle their exams and we wish them the best of luck with their upcoming exams!