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 December 2019

Hamdi Ahmed
, a mathematics teacher in north London (UK), designed this poster for her classroom. She intends to focus on a habit of mind (either a mathematical habit from the inner circle or general inquiry habit from the outer circle) during each Inquiry Maths lesson. Use this link to download the poster.

Inquiry Maths posts

  • Structured inquiry: a contradiction in terms? Structured inquiry: a contradiction in terms?  At a recent Inquiry Maths workshop, a teacher suggested that structured inquiry is a contradiction in terms. She defined inquiry as an open process ...
    Posted 23 Jul 2019, 10:34 by Andrew Blair
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Inquiry Maths workshops

Tuesday 14th January 2020, London Metropolitan University (Mathematics PGCE course) Not open for public registration.
Friday 14th February 2020The British International School, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Monday 9th March 2020, Institute of Education - UCL, London (Mathematics PGCE course) Not open for public registration.
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.