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In the past couple of years, my faculty have gone through deep-dive OFSTED inspectionsâ€”a trial inspection with three HMIs and an actual inspection. The trial inspection showed all students have a love of maths. Later, in the words of my headteacher, the real inspection simply blew the lead inspector away. In each review, we showed how we teach mathematics through problem-solving. mathematics through problem-solving.

Shortly after blogging about the inspections, I received hundreds of messages from teachers and Heads of Maths asking for advice about embedding such an approach. My answer is simple, **make problem-solving questions a feature of every lesson** for students of all abilities.

To help with this, I would like to share four **problem-solving **lessonsâ€”these range from applying the rules of arithmetic to solving real-life problems with compound interest. In addition, every resource comes with a worksheet and tutorial video that models the solutions.

Students are challenged to solve problems involving perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles.

Students are challenged to apply their understanding of the mean, mode, median and range to solve problems involving datasets.

Students are challenged to apply the rules of arithmetic to a series of real-life, functional problems.

Students are challenged to apply compound percentage changes to calculate an original amount after a percentage change, a percentage rate and compare real-life investments.

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My name is Jonathan Robinson and I am passionate about teaching mathematics. I am currently Head of Maths in the South East of England and have been teaching for over 15 years. I am proud to have helped teachers all over the world to continue to engage and inspire their students with my lessons.

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