Blog 8: Teaching teachers, returning stars & World Cup winners

28th October 2015

England’s most capped rugby player, World Cup winner and RFU President, Jason Leonard OBE, dropped in for breakfast with Boris Johnson and Daily Telegraph Chief Sports Writer, Paul Hayward, on Thursday morning.

Jason Leonard OBE on the ball at breakfast with Boris, Laila, Mahfouz & Lequan
Jason Leonard OBE on the ball at breakfast with Boris, and Youth Board members Laila, Mahfuz & Lequan

 

Sandwiched between two City Pitch project visits and two Count on Us Primary Challenge training blocks, the early-morning fundraiser was well-attended, with a number of signed rugby balls purchased.

Paul Hayward quizzed the Mayor and Jason Leonard on all things rugby and literacy, at the Park Lane Hilton, as we focused on the importance of being able to read – indeed, one in five London Primary School pupils currently head to Secondary School behind in literacy.

Further west that morning, Jamal Edwards MBE was preaching the importance of numeracy at Acton High, his old secondary school. The young entrepreneur was visiting the Memorial Gardens and allotment that pupils had created with the funding they won at City Pitch last year.

 

Jamal checks in to the greenhouse at Acton High School
Jamal checks in to the greenhouse at Acton High School

Founder of SBTV and social media extraordinaire, Jamal, had already visited his primary school earlier in the week to open the edible garden that they had built with funding won from another City Pitch event earlier in 2015. He spoke to the Berrymede assembly about aspiration and how to achieve goals.

 

Berrymede Junior School award Jamal with a gold star - 15 years after he finished there
Berrymede Junior School award Jamal with a gold star – 15 years after he finished there

 

We rushed back from Acton High School on Thursday afternoon to catch the second of two Primary Challenge training sessions with 50 London teachers coming to City Hall to learn about the 2016 Challenge. Be sure to sign up your school before the 6 November!

And it’s not just the minds of young Londoners we’ll be testing in 2016. Our Parental Engagement briefings also took place last week where teachers were learning about how we plan to alter the attitude of parents towards maths.