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Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find all of our latest articles on the work we and others are doing to help young Londoners lead happy and fulfilling lives.

“Identity in its most basic form means a sense of belonging”

Our colleague, Sietske van der Ploeg is Head of Portfolio Performance and Social Impact at the Mayors’ Fund. Here she reflects on a conference she spoke at last week about identity and what it means in relation to the world of work: You may be familiar with research that demonstrates the long-term, scarring effects of unemployment

Young people contend to be masters of maths!

    In the last week of April, the Mayor’s Fund for London ran a week of exciting qualifying tournaments for our Count on Us Secondary Challenge. The Secondary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, engaging Key Stage 3 pupils from all across London in a range of competitive maths activities, all with

Mad about maths at Langdon Academy

Last week, the Mayor’s Fund visited Langdon Academy in Newham to support their first-ever Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 stayed after school where they were introduced to the activities and then challenged to get competitive. From dominoes and shape games, to mental math and

Mayor takes to trading floor at BGC Charity Day 2017

Our patron Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and pupils from Mayflower Primary School joined dozens of personalities from the world of film, sport, TV, fashion and music at BGC’s offices in Canary Wharf today, for its 13th annual Charity Day. BGC Partners, Inc. raises millions for charities in the UK and around the world by

Blossoming into Budding Astronomers!

Students at Mount Carmel have been practising the methods used to find variable stars – and now they are ready to find their own! Over the past few weeks they have been using training images and software to search for pre-discovered stars, and are now zooming through the process like pros. They’ve spent some time

Stars in their Eyes!

The students at Forest Gate Community School have got stars in their eyes this week! They have been using new images to search for their very own variable stars. They have been over coming technical difficulties to search the skys. The students are enjoying doing some real life research and finding some variable stars. Although

Searching the Sky

This week the students at Lister Community School were learning the skills to discover variable stars. Our enthusiastic bunch were using the training images to run through the process on Muniwin to see identify possible variables. They then searched the variable star index to find out whether the star has already been discovered. As these

Becoming Researchers

This week at Lister Community School one of our UCL astronomers visited! The students were learning about asteroids and how to spot them in the telescope images. They were learning about right ascension and declination to locate celestial objects. The students quickly got to grips with this and were able to locate the asteroid using

Looking out for Asteroids!

This week the students at Forest Gate Community School were learning how to spot asteroids. They began by using the Maxim DL software, where they uploaded the training images and animated them to look for the asteroid. Students spotted the asteroid very quickly and were very excited about this! They then went through the process

School holiday hunger must end now

The Grocer Saturday Essay: Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London Food manufacturers, brands and retailers must be thoroughly fed up with being held responsible for food poverty in Britain. After all, we have the highest quality and most efficient food sector in the world offering incredible choice, convenience and price.  Food poverty is

Parental Engagement support grants open now!

Good News! The Mayor’s Fund for London has now launched our Count on Us Parental Engagement in maths grants. We are offering schools small grants to try out some activities to get parents engaged in their child’s maths. Please see out support grant page to find out whether your school is eligible and for more information about how

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