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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. Here are the winners and runners up.

Years 7 – 8 Winner
Alishba Ali – Notting Hill & Ealing High School

Years 9 – 11 Winner
Jan Boo – St Paul’s Catholic College

Years 12 – 13 Winner
Vraj Patel – St Paul’s Catholic College

Years 7 – 8 Runners Up

Years 9 – 11 Runners Up

Years 12 – 13 Runners Up


The Brief: Make a persuasive poster which shows how maths can be used to help people. Aim it at high school pupils.

How Maths Helps People – Poster Instructions/Criteria

  • Make your poster about one way in which maths is helping people. (This could cover a whole theme such as medicine or the environment or it could cover just one way in which maths helps us.)
  • Choose A4 size – you can use a computer, draw it by hand or use a mixture of methods.
  • Make sure your poster is a poster – it should look good as well as being informative.
  • Remember your target audience – you are showing high school students the importance of maths. Would your poster look good on your classroom wall?
  • Make sure it is all your own work – no copy and pasting text. If you download an image, provide a credit/link for the photo.  (Or you may want to include your own drawings.)
  • Do your best – you could win an Android tablet!

Poster Guidance

To get you started, we recommend looking at the following PowerPoint to give you ideas about how maths helps people.

Download the PowerPoint



There will be three categories for judging:

Years 7 and 8

Years 9, 10 and 11

Years 12 and 13

WordPress Data Table PluginThe winning posters from students in each category will receive an Android tablet. There will also be five ‘highly commended’ certificates awarded in each group.

The closing date is 31st January 2022.

All winning and highly commended posters will be on display on the Maths Careers website during February 2022.

Entries need to be submitted online – Do your best – you could win an Android tablet!

To enter complete the form below:


There are lost of ways you can make a poster online. Some resources include:

Adobe Collage Maker

Google Docs

Google Slides



Poster Competition Rules

  1. The promoters of the competition are the sponsors of the Maths Careers website
  2. It is a condition of entry of this competition that all entrants agree to these competition rules. By permitting their children to enter the competition parents and guardians shall be deemed to consent to the entries being submitted on the terms of these competition rules.
  3. The competition is open to entrants between the ages of 11 and 19 who are residents of the United Kingdom.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition.
  5. There are three entry categories, based upon the ages of the entrants: Years 7 – 8, Years 9 – 11 and Years 12 – 13. One prize will be awarded for the winner of each category and there will be ‘Highly Commended’ certificates awarded in each age group.
  6. Entries can be submitted via the relevant mechanisms on the website.
  7. Posters must be A4 printed size only. Postal entries will not be entered into the competition if they are any other size.
  8. The poster must be solely the original work and the property of the entrant.
  9. Any poster that has won a prize in another competition is not eligible and will be disqualified if entered.
  10. Entrants may submit no more than one entry which must be made in their applicable age category only. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  11. The promoters’ decision on all matters relating to the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judgement, administration or organization of the competition, including any assessment of the eligibility of any entry submitted.
  12. Winners will be announced on the website in February 2022. Individual winners will be notified by the promoters before the end of February 2022.
  13. By entering a poster, participants agree to grant IMA MathsCareers free of charge the right to use the photo in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media even if they are not the winning entries.
  14. It is a condition of entry to the competition that entrants (or the parents or guardians of entrants) irrevocably permit the promoters and their licensees to copy, reproduce and publish entries in connection only with the promotion of and publicity for this competition and the winning entries.
  15. The closing date for entries to the competition is midnight on 31st January 2022. Entries received after that date will not be accepted, displayed or judged.
  16. No responsibility will be accepted by the promoters for entries which are lost, late, corrupted, incomplete, defaced, ineligible or otherwise do not comply with these rules (any of which may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the promoters).
  17. The prizes are as stated in the competition rules. Prizes are non-refundable and not transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. The promoters reserve the right to substitute the prizes (or any part of them) for prizes of equivalent or greater monetary value if that is necessary for reasons beyond their control.
  18. The promoters will not be liable for prizes that do not reach prize winners for reasons beyond the promoters’ reasonable control. If prize winners cannot be traced after reasonable effort the promoters will dispose of prizes as they think fit without liability to prize winners.
  19. The promoters reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition, at any time without prior notice.
  20. This competition is governed by the laws of English and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

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