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 November 2018


Inquiry Maths posts

  • A reply to Mr Barton A reply to Mr Barton   Earlier this year Craig Barton's book How I Wish I'd Taught Maths appeared. Many colleagues told me of their disappointment that Craig (the ...
    Posted 7 Nov 2018, 13:15 by Andrew Blair
  • Extending an inquiry into the second lesson and beyond Extending an inquiry into the second lesson and beyond   Teachers have used Inquiry Maths prompts as stimuli for tasks that last one lesson. Through the prompt, they generate one ...
    Posted 22 Aug 2018, 02:51 by Andrew Blair
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Inquiry Maths workshops

Thursday 13th December, 2018 University of Cambridge - PGCE teacher trainees (not open for public registration)
Friday 11th January, 2019 London Metropolitan University - 
PGCE teacher trainees (not open for public registration)
Saturday 26th January, 2019 Mixed Attainment Maths conference 5, UCL Institute of Education, London
Saturday 2nd February, 2019 
Southern Rocks 19 Hindhead, Surrey, UK
Monday 4th March, 2019 UCL Institute of Education, London - 
PGCE teacher trainees (not open for public registration)
Monday 1st July, 2019 North West Three Maths Hub St Helens, 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.