Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the FMC for?

The First Mathematics Challenge (FMC) has been specifically created to give all pupils in Years 3 and 4, P3 and P4 in Scotland and year 4 and 5 in Northern Ireland, and the equivalent overseas, the opportunity to take part in a National Challenge. 

When does the FMC take place?

FMC will take place at a time to suit you during 21st June - 2nd July 2021

How much does it cost?

Packs cost £12.00 plus VAT charged at 20%.

How many papers are there in each pack?

2021 orders will be online or available as a paper download. Papers can be ordered in 10s.

Papers purchased for download will need to be printed by yourself.

How do I place my order?

You should place your order using the online order form on this website. You are given the option to pay by credit/debit card using our secure payment processor SagePay, or by invoice – please provide a purchase Order number and a separate email address for your finance department.

I haven’t received my order. What do I do?

Order details and follow up information will be sent through by email. Links for the online Challenge and the download link will be sent to the contact teacher 5 working days before the first day of the Challenge

You may need to add the domain to your safe senders list to ensure our emails come through. Please also check junk mail if you are having trouble finding our emails.

Can I photocopy the FMC papers?

No. Photocopying the FMC paper is not allowed, they are protected by copyright held by The Mathematical Association. If you need to purchase extra papers please call us to arrange this on 0116 2210014

For the purposes of downloading the paper in 2021 you can photocopy up to the number of papers purchased by your school.

When do the results need to be sent to FMC office?

Details will be emailed to schools with full instructions for returning your results to us.

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 FMC. If you are unsure give us a call on 0116 2210014.

Can overseas schools take part?

Yes. We are happy to receive orders from overseas schools. There will be an extra postage cost for these orders to cover the tracking cost. Packs are posted out by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed, International Signed For, or International Tracked postage, if you would prefer your order to be sent by courier please contact us for an individual price prior to placing your order.

Can I order subsequent papers if I do not have enough?

Yes. 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.

How do you deal with GDPR?

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

Can I post the paper on Social Media?

As we are giving schools a three week period in which to do the paper, we would ask that you do not post any content from the paper on any social media platforms during this time. We are happy for you to post the front page but please make sure this is all! After the Challenge has taken place you can post as you wish, but please respect the schools who may not have had a chance to take part until the last day.

Can schools send pictures to the FMC office?

Yes please! We will actively encourage all schools to send us as much feedback and photos of their pupils enjoying the Challenge as possible.

If you give your permission we will use your photos on our website and in our advertising where appropriate. 


Order your FMC packs here