Financial Maths

This collection of resources is produced by the Core Maths Support Programme to support the implementation of Core Maths. The collection contains a range of activities all designed to enable students to use and apply financial mathematics in unfamiliar contexts.


Build or buy?

This series of Core Maths activities involves mortgage finance, interest rates, income tax, national insurance, scheduling, Gantt diagrams and estimation. The tasks can form a large project or be used as stand-alone lessons.

Build or Buy: Teacher Guidance
The teacher guidance package...

Business assessments

This resource contains two Core Maths assessments appropriate for students of business. The assessments, that cover number, finance and graph topics, are:

  • Problem solving
  • Break even analysis
  • Percentages
  • Simple and compound interest
  • AER and APR
  • Linear...

Diamond smuggling

This Core Maths activity investigates diamond smuggling.

The presentation gives details of how diamonds were smuggled out of Namibia in cans of pilchards. Students need to use the information given to calculate an estimate of the value of the smuggled diamonds. They need to use estimation and the formula for...


This activity requires students to calculate net income after tax and national insurance have been deducted. Students then are asked to discuss if the progressive taxation system is fair. Answers to each of the calculations are available.

The presentation shows how income tax and national insurance rates are...


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