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 January 2018


Inquiry Maths posts

  • The best maths teaching The best maths teaching  In January 2018, the National Director (Education) of Ofsted, Sean Harford, tweeted about his idea of what the 'best maths teaching' looks like:  The best maths ...
    Posted 14 Feb 2018, 07:09 by Andrew Blair
  • Can students learn fluency through inquiry? Can students learn fluency through inquiry? or How drill obstructs mathematical learningCurrently in mathematics teaching, there’s an idea that the subject cannot be taught through inquiry. More even ...
    Posted 24 Aug 2017, 11:36 by Andrew Blair
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Inquiry Maths workshops

"A dynamic approach to mathematics - inspiring stuff." See a report on the Inquiry Maths session at Southern Rocks 18 (February 3rd, 2018) in the journal Teach Secondary here
February 16th, 2018 Swiss Mathematics Conference, Geneva (Switzerland)
April 4th, 2018 British Congress of Mathematics Education, Warwick (UK)
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