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Most of the resources on this site are offered free and it is hoped that learners of Mathematics around the world will enjoy and benefit from this website. Transum is designed for teachers (Primary or Secondary) and upper Secondary/High school students.

Transum is conceived, designed and maintained by me, John Tranter, and has been growing steadily since 1997. I have a background of over thirty years of teaching Mathematics in the UK and abroad and most recently I have worked for fifteen years as an Assistant Principal at one of the largest British International schools in South-East Asia. Roles have also included Head of Mathematics at three different schools and Senior Teacher Consultant (Mathematics) for Birmingham Local Education Authority.

I spend most of the week doing something to improve the website. You can see the very latest resource to have been added or changed on the Breaking News page.

Please contact me by email if you have any suggestions, observations or questions. It really makes my day to hear from people using the resources. Thanks.

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Q. How many people work at Transum?

A. About half of them?

That's a joke! ha ha! The real answer is just one. That's me (John) doing all of the research, designing, coding, tweeting and making the tea.

My story of creating digital Maths resources avtually goes back to the 1980s. If there is anyone reading this who has been in the profession (in the UK) for a long time they might remember the SMP textbooks. I wrote sets of programs, available on floppy disks, to support these texts. You may have even used 'Recap Revision', 'Green Gleenings', 'Yellow Yarns' and others whos names I forget!

I have now retired from full time work but this project keeps me very busy - in an enjoyable way. The wonderful thing is, with my laptop, I can update the site from wherever I am in the world which suits my love of travelling. In fact a number of interactive activities have been written at 30,000 feet, from a seat in the exit row (need room for the laptop) of a wide-bodied plane.

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From the outset, I wanted to make the resources and interactive activities on Transum to be free to access for all. Though I have a UK background I wanted the website to be used by learners around the world, including those with little financial support. I do however have costs keeping the system up and running. It is for that reason there are some adverts on the site but more importantly I ask that those who can aford to do so please support Transum by paying for a subscription. Thanks very much in anticipation.

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It seems there is nothing new in Mathematics (at school level at least) and many of the ideas for activities are adaptations of ideas that have been around for years. I would like to thank all the people who have knowingly (or not) contributed inspiration for something that has been developed on the site. To all the colleagues I have worked with, to the authors of the books I have read, to those who share on Twitter or Reddit and to the huge number of people who have left comments on this site I express my gratitude and say THANK YOU.


Lesley Sewell, Ysgol Aberconwy, Wales

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access Starters for the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."

Vivian Tan, New Zealand

Friday, March 6, 2020

"I stumbled upon your resource while looking for sequences activities. I had a bit more time today to look at your site. it's amazing. I'm teaching 2 maths classes in NZ part time. Your site makes maths so fun and interesting. our curricula is quite different to UK but I will certainly recommend colleagues to visit your site and use your resources. Thank you so much for making the resources free to use. Really really appreciate the great work you have done. It's so inspiring!
May the good Lord bless you, your work and your loved ones"

Helen Taylor, Harefield Junior School

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"I have now retired from teaching. I would like to thank you for your website which I used every morning to choose a starter activity with my Year 6 class. Even though your site is mainly aimed at older children, I always found a lot I could with KS2 children.
I wish you all the best."

Fay Tucker, Somerset

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

"Thank you very much for the Transum site: it has massively enhanced my daily practice."

Ann Roberts,

Thursday, April 2, 2020

"This coronavirus pandemic really makes us appreciate the Transum website and the work that you have done creating it for all of us. Thank you;"

Nicola Hardingham,

Friday, April 24, 2020

"I would like to add that I am very grateful to you and all your ideas. Your website is fantastic and I used it for resources on a daily basis. All my pupils thoroughly enjoyed the fun and trivia your activities brought to the classroom."

John Ingham, Norwich School

Saturday, May 2, 2020

"The Transum website continues to be my favourite place for exciting Maths resources."

Clive, Suffolk

Saturday, August 8, 2020

"I would just like to say thank you for your brilliant website. It has made my final years of teaching so much more enjoyable and I know how much the students have benefitted for using the varied and exciting activities."

Heidi, Nanjing

Friday, August 21, 2020

"Recommendation by another maths teacher who swears by Transum and says it is an essential tool for every maths teacher!!"

Tania, Australia

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"I've only just joined Transum, initially because I wanted the answers to the Starter of the Day, but have since found that there is so much more!. I played one of your games against my students on our IWB and was amazed at how engaged they all were, whilst learning and developing strategies. I'm rapt with all that your website offers."

Szilvia, Montreal

Friday, September 4, 2020

"The homepage has amazing resources, riddles, logic questions, and games (looking for the winning strategy in the games Flabbergasted and Great Expectation) that I use when I teach my students. I do not teach regular classes, I teach kids who have talent in math so this kind of questions and games are really valuable to me."

Jean, Clifton

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"Love the puzzles! Better graphics and layout than most sites."

Gamel Byles,

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"I want to thank you for the inspirational work that you are doing and wish you continued success for the future."

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