Debate Chamber Mathematics

The Debate Chamber Maths courses offer bright students the opportunity to study a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics that are not typically covered by the school syllabus. Our courses are particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics, but are also suitable for those interested in related disciplines, such as physics, computing or engineering.

One-day Mathematics Masterclass in February 2018 

The Mathematics Masterclass provides an exciting one-day introduction to number theory and the mysterious properties of prime numbers. Under the expert guidance of our tutors, students will be taken on a fun and challenging mathematical journey involving some of the greatest mathematical problems of the past 500 years. The Mathematics Masterclass is open to students aged 15-18 and will take place Saturday 24th February 2018.

You can see further details for this course here. 

Mathematics Summer Schools

The Mathematics Summer School is an opportunity for students to spend five days exploring some of the most exciting ideas in contemporary mathematics. As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular branch of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these ideas in the afternoon. 

Mathematics – Part 1 focuses on Number Theory, Algebra and Geometry and is open to all students aged 15-18. Topics will include prime numbers, Riemann-zeta functions, polynomial equations, non-Euclidean geometry, group theory, statistical methods, probability theory, algorithms, Turing machines and code-breaking. As part of this programme, students will explore some of the most fascinating and famous unsolved problems in mathematics, including the Riemann Hypothesis, Goldbach Conjecture and Twin Prime Conjecture.

Mathematics – Part 2 focuses on Calculus, Proofs and Infinities and requires that students have completed a minimum of one year of A-level study in Mathematics (or equivalent) at the time of the course. This programme offers a university-style approach to the topics of linear algebra, modular arithmetic, limits, multi-variable calculus, mathematical induction, set theory and cryptography. During the course, students will explore some of the most exciting modern-day applications of these ideas, including quantum encryption, RSA algorithms, Google PageRank, the Black-Scholes equation and Gödel’s incompleteness theorem.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fifteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. An expert Tutor will lead each session in a seminar format, but learning will be largely student-led wherever practical. Classes will focus on discussion and on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in July and August 2018. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

Feedback from previous students:

If you love Mathematics and are thinking of taking the subject at A-level and beyond then do not hesitate to attend this course. I came away from this week with crazy enthusiasm for maths as well helpful guidelines and knowledge to support my career in the subject. I made some great new friends and met inspirational maths-minded people who I will never forget!’ 

‘Even though we only spent one day on each topic, they were taught at a surprising level of depth. I felt that in in my time at Debate Chamber, the main focus of the tutors was for you to learn about new topics you wouldn’t usually study at school. In school, the main focus of the lesson is to learn a topic to a level that is sufficient for you to be able to solve problems in a test. Instead, in the summer school I felt encouraged to ask questions, to understand the logic behind the mathematics, why it works and the underlying importance of the concepts learned in the real world.’ 

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again’ 

‘The Mathematics Summer School is a great introduction to maths at university. During the five days, I was presented with a variety of new topics in mathematics which had not been covered in the A level course. I would highly recommend attending the Debate Chamber Summer School, as it gives you a great opportunity to look at other areas of maths.’ 

‘This is a great event as it gives you lots of exposure to university style teaching and ideas, really testing your knowledge and dedication to your subject. The tutors guide you through it, pushing you to your full potential but in a fun and engaging manner. This course is definitely worth taking part in.’


Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 100% of the course fee through the bursary section on our website – here. 

Practical Details

All of our courses will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in July and August 2018. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

To book a place students can complete the online booking form, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email us at Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Questions to ask and answer before investing in an IP CCTV system + a special offer from Gaia Security

The presence of CCTV in schools shows parents, students, staff, and school visitors that their safety is of upmost importance. Yet the presence of CCTV is not always enough, for if the CCTV looks dated, it portrays that, although safety may have once been a priority, it is no longer so.

This is because, although an old analogue CCTV system is better than none, it can still miss incidents between frames, which needn’t be an issue or risk in this day and age due to advancements in technology.

Quite clearly, it might be that your school doesn’t require a new IP CCTV system, or a CCTV system, full stop. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of questions for you to ask and answer before your school invests.

1) Is your current CCTV system fit for purpose? (if applicable)
2) Does your local authority require you to follow a security protocol in your school?
3) Does your school’s area have higher than average crime and violence rates?
4) Are there loitering ‘hot spots’ in your school where incidents tend to happen more often?
5) What’s the biggest threat in your school? (e.g. violence, vandalism, trespassing, truancy etc)

If after answering these questions you believe your school would benefit from a new IP CCTV system and you would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please do get in touch either by: sending an email to, calling 01248 675 800, or filling in the contact form at this link. Alternatively, you can visit our website for more information.

One more thing, don’t forget to ask about our special offer

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Free resources from The Mighty Multiples Times Table Challenge

Get free resources from The Mighty Multiples Times Table Challenge, including Long Jump Jim’s 10 times table songs, poems and activity worksheets:

The Mighty Multiples Times Table Challenge works best as a whole-school scheme.

Simply present the in-built motivational rewards at assemblies and watch pupils strive to achieve their Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards. The scheme starts with number stories, so even reception children can be involved.

For more information about how your school can get involved with The Mighty Multiples Times Table Challenge, simply visit:

The Mighty Multiples Times Table Challenge resource contains everything you need to take your quest for greater motivation in maths across the whole school and costs just £37.99+vat. This resource can be ordered in a variety of ways, such as:

  • on our website
  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.