The Mayor’s Fund for London has today announced the appointment of Jim Minton as its new Chief Executive, effective September 2022. Jim will be joining us at a pivotal time, as we experience a surge in demand across our programmes to support young people and families affected by the pandemic and the rising cost of
Young mathmaticians compete in pan-London maths tournament
Last week, Years 4 and 5 pupils and Years 7, 8 and 9 students came together in person to compete in socially distanced Finals for the 2021 Count on Us Challenge. After spending the last academic year practicing with teammates and against peers in a series of online heats, the finalist teams were excited to put their mathematical skills to the test once more in a live event.
The Primary Challenge engages at least 30 pupils in each school initially with a team of 3 pupils then being selected to represent each school in Challenge events. The Secondary Challenge engages at least 60 students in each school, with a team of 5 selected to represent each school.
Reay Primary School, Lambeth were crowned winners of the Primary Challenge and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy, Bexley won the Secondary Challenge.
Good numeracy is an effective protective factor against unemployment, low wages and wider societal problems, including poor health.
The Count on Us programme challenges, motivates and inspires young mathematicians across the capital. Activities for primary pupils include Shape, Mental arithmetic using the 24® Game with single and double digits, and Code breaking whilst secondary students take part in The Game of Hex, GridLines Geometry, Mental arithmetic using the 24® Game with single and double digits, fractions and decimals and Algebra & Coding. The activities boost academic attainment and ultimately improve life chances, helping young people make a positive contribution to society.
The recent Ofsted “Research Review Series: mathematics” report (May 2021) fully supports competition in maths as being a driver to success:
“When pupils obtain levels of proficiency, they look forward to and enjoy tests Competitive maths games are, for example, more effective for learning and retention than non-competitive games.The goals of trying to achieve a personal best and doing well compared to the average mediate later attainment.”
To date, the Count on Us programme has engaged more than 73,600 primary and secondary school students. Next year, we will evolve activities to help support schools with their recovery and catch-up agendas.
Young Londoners envision what lies ahead in 2030
Student ambassadors for Access Aspiration have shared their unique, individual visions of what the future holds for them – eight years from now. ‘My Future Self: 2030’ was a project participated in by student ambassadors that help promote and shape Access Aspiration, our employability programme for 16-18-year-olds. As part of the project, they focused on three
Two new ambassadors join the Mayor’s Fund
We’re delighted to welcome two new ambassadors to the Mayor’s Fund for London; Amina Aweis and Peter Bakare. Amina is a neurodivergent accessibility advocate leading and shaping conversations about what it means to be digitally inclusive, receiving recognition from multiple industry leaders. Last year, she received the Rising Star award at the 2021 DevelopHER Awards