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 2017


Inquiry Maths posts

  • 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

January 27th, 2018, Mixed Attainment Mathematics Conference, London (UK)
February 3rd, 2018 Southern Rocks, Hindhead, Surrey (UK)
February 16th, 2018 Swiss Mathematics Conference, Geneva (Switzerland)
April 4th, 2018 British Congress of Mathematics Education, Warwick (UK)