Frequently Asked Questions


When does PMC take place?

The next round of PMC will be taken any time during the week beginning 11th November 2019

Who is the Primary Mathematics Challenge for?

The Primary Mathematics Challenge is open for pupils in Years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland. If your school has pupils you feel would benefit from taking the Challenge then it is at the teachers/schools discretion to allow them to take part. There is no lower age limit to the Primary Mathematics Challenge.

Parents may not order PMC packs. Orders received will not be fulfilled.

Please note that the PMC office will not deal directly  with parents but recommend they speak to their schools/teachers regarding PMC issues.

How much does it cost?

Packs are £11 Early Bird Discount  or £12 after EBD

There is 20% off packs in 2019, with EBD packs are now £8.80, or £9.60 after the EBD. VAT is charged at 20% per order.

There is a postage charge of £1.50 plus VAT per order. Packs are sent using the Royal Mail Tracking System.

How many papers are in each pack?

Each pack contains ten questions papers, so enough to enter 10 pupils.

We can only supply complete packs, we do not sell single papers.

How do I place my order?

You should place your order either by using the online form on this website, or you can return the paper order form your school has received.

Online orders are given the option to pay via our secure payment processor Sage Pay, or by invoice – please provide a purchase order number and a separate email address for your finance department.

You can pay by BACs or Cheque, please send a copy of your order along with the remittance advice or order form so we can match payments up.

Cheques are payable to The Mathematical Association

For payment by BACs:

Allied Irish

Bank Account Name: The Mathematical Association

Account Number: 01173188

Sort Code: 23 84 83

Not received your order?

We track all packs so do not panic!

If you have not received your PMC packs by the 7th November 2019 please send us an email clearly stating your school name and postcode. We will respond, letting you know when/if we posted your PMC packs. Should packs get lost in the post, we will endeavour to supply more packs in time for your pupils to take the challenge. Please be patient if there is a strike in the postal service! BUT please check all school areas (eg. school office, caretaker's room, head's office, safe, classrooms) for the packs before contacting us.

Can I photocopy the PMC paper?

No. Photocopying the PMC paper is not allowed, they are protected by copyright held by The Mathematical Association. If you need to purchase extra packs please call or email us to let us know that you are placing a second order otherwise it may be classed as a duplicate order and deleted!

SEND Pupils – additional provisions

If you have a pupil who is allowed extra provisions in formal testing then we will allow the same provision for that child taking part in the PMC. If you are unsure give us a call on 0116 2210014.

Home Schooled Children

If you are a home school parent please email for more information about taking part.

Awarding certificates

It is the intention that teachers decide how the certificates be awarded. One gold, two silver and three bronze certificates are provided in each pack, and a  'Took the Challenge' certificate is provided for everyone else. Decisions are therefore an 'in-school' task. The spirit of the PMC is that, in each school, there will be a number of gold, silver and bronze pupils who deserve certificates! Extra certificates can be purchased from the MA Shop.

How do you deal with GDPR?

All information handled by The Mathematical Association/Primary Mathematics Challenge is covered by our privacy policy, which can be viewed here

Results deadline

The deadline for results submission is the first week of December - the actual date is provided in the Instructions that go out with the PMC packs. Results received after this date may well result in high-scoring pupils not being invited to take the PMC Bonus Round the following February.

Missed the Deadline..What can I do?

If you missed the deadline for PMC we will leave ordering open for you to purchase the packs for use as a classroom activity. These purchases will not be counted in the official PMC data and will not be eligible to take part in the Bonus Round in February.

Any packs ordered after 13th November 2019 will be classed as classroom packs and will not be counted in the Challenge for 2019/20.

PMC Bonus Round - February 2020

The Bonus Round takes place on the Wednesday of the first week in February - see the Instructions for the date. Pupils who score 18 or more are not automatically invited to take the PMC Bonus Round in February. The invitations depend on how many pupils score 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. There is no extra charge for those invited to take part, but all invoices issued for the November round must be paid before Bonus Round invitations are sent.

It is generally only 1-2% of the participants who are invited to take part, so don't be disappointed if nobody from your school is included.

The PMC is organised through schools. Invitations to take the Bonus Round are sent to the school. The papers are marked by UKMT, once they are returned to us the Chair of PMC will set boundaries for the gold, silver and bronze awards. The PMC Office will send schools badges and certificates for the award winning pupils and a certificate of participation for those who did not get an award. 

We aim to get the results back to schools by mid March. Results will be posted. We DO NOT email results to schools.

The MA handles enquiries with the school and not directly with parents. If a parent has a query, he/she should contact the school and seek an answer to their question. The MA cannot enter into correspondence directly with parents.