TV mathematician Johnny Ball will bring his unique style of teaching to Reading next month when he inspires and entertains more than 500 school children at the Madejski Stadium.

‘Wonders Beyond Numbers – A Brief History of All Things Mathematical’ will take place in the Princess Suite of the Reading FC Conference Centre on Friday, February 7, with both primary school and secondary school children attending.

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Johnny Ball has been inspiring students towards careers in maths and science for more than 40 years.

Invites were sent to all local schools across Reading, with a 'fantastic' response.

February 7 is NSPCC Number Day 2020, and the event will help raise funds for the important work of the charity.

The event is sponsored by Worshipful Company of Actuaries - a livery company based in London that encourage young people to see the inherent beauty of mathematics and its surprising utility in everyday life.

Ashley Pearce, Reading Borough Council's lead councillor for Education, said: "As a teacher myself I know how important it is to try to capture the imagination of young people when teaching, and Johnny Ball certainly achieves that.

"Some people see maths and science as fairly dry subjects, but Johnny has been bringing both to life to more than 40 years.

"I hope the event at the Madejski can help inspire the next generation of mathematicians and scientists.

"The response from schools has been fantastic and it’s great that so many young people are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity."

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Financial adviser Mark Woodruff and image consultant and stylist Linda Sujeewon said: "What began as a hopeful email request to Johnny Ball to do a talk at a local school has turned into a hugely popular event, generating a buzz across Reading.

"We received 900 applications for tickets and could only allow 500 places to be allocated.

"Such is the demand we will re-run this event during Summer term.

"We're delighted that 500 children across Reading will experience the mathematics by someone with so much love for the subject, dare we say it Johnny is a National Treasure and so what more could you want to inspire interest in such an important subject.

"As the cherry on top, we're also delighted to have been able to host the event on the 20th anniversary of NSPCC Number Day – helping to support such a vital charity responsible for protecting children from abuse.

"We would like to thank the Worshipful Company of Actuaries, who are main sponsors for this event, and Reading FC Conferences & Events and BNI Berkshire who are co-sponsors."

Prof Dr Kate Reynolds, director of education for Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers school services on RBC's behalf, said: "We know that a love of Maths is hugely important for children to achieve well in schools and later life.

"I'm delighted to welcome Johnny Ball to Reading to make Maths fun!"

Any schools interested in sending pupils to a future event, planned for the summer term, are asked to contact Mark Woodruff on 07391 820971 or email at