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

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

Getting Mathematical in the Kitchen

The students at Tweeddale Primary School, Sutton, have been getting busy in the kitchen whipping up a storm! They were one of the 30 schools chosen to receive a kick-start grant to get their Count on Us maths club going. They have been learning key cookery skills as well as using maths in everyday life.

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

Blog 11: We have lift off!

The Mayor’s Fund for London began the teacher training for the Discovery within a Week (a Noosfera project) project last week. Teachers from 6 schools across London are taking on the challenge of real-life astronomy research with groups of students. Working with astronomers from UCL the teachers learned the basics of Astronomy and how to


Here at the Mayor’s Fund for London we spend a great deal of time working out the most effective ways of addressing issues of youth unemployment in our great city. Going by first impressions the picture looks pretty bleak [1]. Unemployment in London is two and a half times higher for 16-24 year olds than it

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