A math teacher wished his students good luck on their exams by baking them cookies – with incredibly complex algebra on them. Ella Dickson, 43, spent more than two hours intricately frosting fractions and differential equations on 30 vanilla cookies for her A-level students.

Mathematics and other mathematics students at Beaumont School in St Albans will soon step into the daunting examination hall for the first time, after their GCSEs were canceled in the pandemic. Ella said, “The kids know you did them last year and they’re like, ‘Oh you’re going to do this for us?’

“You would have to have a very good excuse not to do it! One year I did theorems, it looks kinda fun cause it’s really, really hard math

“Apparently they taste good too, but I guess that doesn’t matter as much.” The mum-of-two has been baking cookies for her students for the past six years and so has practiced keeping a steady hand with the pastry bag.

She said: ‘I’m making little people cookies for my year 11 pupils in their uniforms and with the right hair color, I did this for their GCSEs and thought I’d do something different for A level students. These are nigella cookies because they are cookies that keep the same shape as you bake them



Ella Dickson

“I’m not a baker, it’s literally the only thing I know how to cook!” Ella opened an Edexcel maths textbook to carefully copy the sums into the frosting, and brought the first batch to her Year 13 pupils – where they feasted.

One of the students even completed his calculation on a piece of paper and returned it. “They succeeded, fortunately! said the 20-year-old teacher.

“They work so hard and they’ve had so much rotten time over the past two years, especially the 13th graders, because they haven’t taken proper exams before. It’s quite fun and the kids enjoy it, both classes are really a lovely bunch of kids.

“When you teach a class for a few years, you establish an appropriate relationship with them and then send them out into the world. They were really nice, they took pictures and put them on Snapchat.

“Math is popular, that’s a good thing, math is considered cool to watch, that’s a good thing.”


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