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Go Girls fight for Gender Equality

Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women Only 13% of those working in STEM occupations are women The percentage of girls taking A-Level Physics has stayed at 20% for the last 20 years Last December, a team of passionate Year 6 pupils from Newham launched a campaign to promote gender equality in their community. The

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

Striving for victory at Drapers’ Academy

Last week, the Mayor’s Fund were invited to Drapers’ Academy in Havering to support their in-school Count on Us Secondary Maths Challenge tournament! Over 50 pupils from across Years 8 & 9 were invited to take part in the tournament after having practised hard in Maths lessons. In a real three-round tournament, the pupils challenged

Gifford gears up for Maths greatness!

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited by Gifford Primary School in Ealing to watch their in-school Maths tournament, in preparation for the Count on Us Primary Challenge. The Primary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, aiming to engage and excite Key Stage 2 pupils in the fun world of mathematics! Pupils

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

Alex Chisholm visits Enterprise Adviser school

Year 10 pupils at Barnhill Community High School shared their career aspirations with Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a visit organised by the Enterprise Advisers Network. The network was set up by The Careers & Enterprise Company to link senior business volunteers with

Norlington School crowned Maths Champions

Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics! At last week’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after becoming champions of this year’s Count on Us Secondary Challenge. In 2nd place came Gladesmore Community School

Investing in young people, irrespective of background

London is a wealthy, exciting and vibrant city offering some of the best opportunities in the world, but unfortunately not everyone can take advantage of this. Levels of inequality and poverty in London are the highest in the UK, and for young people, the level of inequality is even starker. The youth unemployment (16-24) in

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

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