The NRICH Project started in 1996. Originally it was an online maths club for interested (and highly able) students, mainly of secondary age. You can read the original mission statement and aims below. Since then the project has changed and is now a project which caters for all abilities and ages, and provides considerable support to teachers. 

NRICH is based in both the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education and the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

The NRICH Project encompasses:

The Aims of NRICH   

  •    To enrich mathematical experiences so that all students have the opportunity to explore, engage with and communicate mathematical ideas.
  •     To offer challenging activities and resources which can develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.
  •     To show the use of mathematics in engaging and meaningful contexts.
  •     To foster a community where students and teachers collaborate and support each other in developing their understanding and skills and where effort and achievement are celebrated.
  •     To research and develop the use of existing and new technologies to enhance the learning and teaching experience.
  •     To contribute to national and international debates relating to maths teaching and learning.

The site is frequently updated with new content.  The problems are carefully chosen and prepared by the editorial team and supporting articles, games and other resources are produced to support and complement each other. All the material published in the past is archived and accessible using the search facilities on the site.

The AskNRICH discussion boards contain an archive of the discussions in which pupils, teachers and interested adults asked mathematical questions and discussed mathematical issues that were of interest to them.

The STIMULUS project places undergraduate and graduate University of Cambridge students into local schools to support the teaching of maths and maths related subjects, and also coordinates the Mathematicians in Residence project. 

Annual reports

You can read more about the detailed activity and management of NRICH in our Annual reports.

Further information can be obtained from:enquiries.nrich@maths.org

The Original (1996) Aims of NRICH

  •         To pave the way for the establishment of a permanent national UK Mathematics Enrichment Centre.
  •         To raise the standards of achievement in school mathematics, to promote the mathematical development of children who have the potential to go on to study mathematical subjects at university, and to support the special educational needs of exceptionally able children.
  •         To extend the provision of the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses by providing continuous and sustained support for children so that they can participate wherever they live or go to school as individuals or as members of a school mathematics club.
  •         To develop the use of Information Communication Technology to provide interactive links to the centre and to facilitate links between schools and also between individual children.
  •         To extend peer assisted learning into a distance learning mode and so to contribute to the personal and cognitive development of both the pupils and the peer teachers.
  •         To promote and support the setting up of locally organised user groups and mathematics clubs by providing resources on the Internet, and offering advice and inservice training for teachers.
  •         To conduct research into the effect of communication technology and peer assistance on the quality of learning for very able pupils, on the quality of teaching offered by schools, on the cognitive gains for peer teachers and learners, and on the development of increased usage of IT in mathematics teaching.

The Original Mission Statement

The project aims to establish a permanent national centre for curriculum enrichment to provide mathematical learning support for very able children of all ages. The learning and enjoyment of mathematics are promoted through an Internet Newsletter and the participation of university students as peer teachers providing an electronic answering service. The centre offers support and advice to teachers, and resources for mathematics clubs.