What is a Fai-To and how can my school take part?

What is a Fai-To?

Fai-To is our school-to-school bilateral competition system which lets two schools enter maths combat against one another. Any points scored by students during the Fai-To will count towards their school score. The first school to win 5 rounds is crowned the winner of that Fai-To.


What does Fai-To mean?

Fai-to is Japanese for encouragement, fighting spirit. In Japan, members of a team will chant “Fai-To” before entering a competition.


How does it work, and how do I participate?

Invitations to take part in a Fai-To are allocated by Mangahigh on a weekly basis to schools that have been active on the site over the preceeding week, so the more your students play, the more chance they have of being selected for a Fai-To!

When your school is selected for a Fai-To by Mangahigh it will be either be as a Challenger, or a Defender.  As a Challenger, your students will be able to vote for which of the 2 other pre-selected schools they wish to challenge.

If you are selected as one of the two potential Defenders, you will receive email notification to inform you that the Challenger is considering competing against your school.  If they do select your school, the Fai-To will begin immediately.

During a Fai-To round, any points scored by students from any activity will be counted towards their Fai-To score. The best performing student from each round will be named the Hero of that round.


How long does a Fai-To last?

Each round lasts for 24 hours. The Fai-To will run for a maximum of 9 days, or until one school has won 5 rounds, whichever comes first.

If both schools fail to participate in a round then it is automatically won by the defending school.


What are the benefits of participating?

By giving students the opportunity to make their contribution felt, we are rewarding students for mathematical effort and attainment. Once students are thinking about what they can do to help their school to win, there is no end to the potential for engagement from students of all abilities. Few students ever undertake maths activities beyond those set by their teacher. With Fai-To, students have a real reason to engage with maths in their own time as well as in teacher-set activities. The pride of their school is at stake!


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