We spoke to Queren Ngiay, student at Oxford Brookes University, about her experience of the Access Aspiration programme and how it has impacted her career so far. How did you come to be on the Access Aspiration programme? I first heard about Access Aspiration in sixth form when my homeroom teacher gave us an introduction
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 each other to shape and geometry puzzles, the fast-paced and exciting 24 Game®, and then became problem-solvers in the elusive codebreaking round. Showing lots of resilience and enthusiasm, all pupils were aiming to qualify for the Drapers’ Academy school team, who’ll be going ahead to compete in the first round of the London-wide tournament in April.
The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is one of our flagship numeracy programmes, engaging Key Stage 3 pupils from across London in a range of competitive maths activities, all with the aim to make maths fun, exciting and creative. This year, 75 schools from all over London are taking part, in the hope to make it to the Grand Final at City Hall in the summer term!
This is Drapers’ Academy’s third consecutive year of entering the Secondary Challenge, and motivation is high to make it through to the next stage. A big thank you to Ms Ahmed and her colleagues for organising the tournament, to the Sixth-Formers for acting as referees on the day, and most importantly to all the pupils who attended to show their love for maths. See you soon at the Regional Heats!
How Access Aspiration kick-started my career
Ali Siddiqi took part in our Access Aspiration programme in 2018. He is now an Apprentice Surveyor at JLL. Here he shares his journey into work. Access Aspiration opened doors for me and gave me opportunities I thought I would never have access to. Not only did it help my confidence and grow my self-esteem,
My City and Me – Spotlight on: Tascha
It’s now been two months since we launched My City and Me – a project that gives young Londoners a creative platform to tell their Covid-19 stories. We have also joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to connect NYC and London youth and share experiences of the pandemic. We have seen