Inquiry Maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement (called a prompt). Inquiries can involve a class on diverse paths of exploration or in listening to a teacher's explanation. In Inquiry Maths, students take responsibility for directing the lesson with the teacher acting as the arbiter of legitimate mathematical activity.

Learning through inquiry What students say

My independent learning ability has improved. It made me think outside the box! (year 11)
Having a say in what we do makes me work harder. (year 10)
I ask lots more questions in maths after doing inquiry lessons. Last week I made up my own inquiry on enlargements. (year 8)
I benefited from an inquiry lesson as I could show how I proved my answer was correct using algebra. (year 8)

is independent of all companies and organisations. The website was created by Andrew Blair, a secondary school teacher, to promote inquiry learning in mathematics classrooms and is being developed in collaboration with teachers from around the world. Their experiences and reflections enrich its pages.

Most viewed inquiries in June 2019


Inquiry Maths posts

  • Taking the inquiry out of Inquiry Maths: A reply to Naveen Rizvi Taking the inquiry out of Inquiry Maths A reply to Naveen Rizvi It is always welcome when a teacher engages with the Inquiry Maths website. Naveen Rizvi has done just ...
    Posted 6 May 2019, 00:37 by Andrew Blair
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Inquiry Maths workshops

Tuesday 25th June, 2019 Mulberry Academy, Shoreditch, London, UK. (Not open for public registration.
Monday 1st July, 2019
North West 3 Maths HubRainford High Technology College, St Helens, UK.
Monday 8th July, 2019 The Alban Teaching School Alliance, Sandringham School, St Albans, UK.
Saturday 13th July, 2019 Mixed Attainment Maths conference, 
University of Birmingham, UK.
dynamic approach to mathematics - inspiring stuff." 
See a report on the Inquiry Maths session at Southern Rocks 18 (Saturday 3rd February, 2018) in the journal Teach Secondary here.