Ten students from the City Academy Hackney visited the London Stock Exchange to launch National Numeracy Day.
Seven Year 12 students and three Year 10 students visited the London establishment on 16 May, where they witnessed the celebratory opening of the stock exchange market.
This was followed by a networking breakfast, with the chance to speak to senior executives about the skills needed to step into the world of work.
The students joined Bill Michael KPMG’s chair-elect, Melanie Richards KPMG’s vice chair, MP Liz Truss chief secretary to the Treasury, Martin Lewis founder of MoneySaving Expert, and Nikhil Rathi CEO of the London Stock Exchange, on the balcony.
National Numeracy Day is an annual celebration of numbers, brought to life by the charity National Numeracy with founding supporter KPMG, who is also a co-sponsor of City of London Corporation’s City Academy Hackney.
The day was a chance for the students to recognise the importance of numbers and the role that they play in our everyday lives and empower them to feel confident using them.
Mark Malcom, Principle of City Academy Hackney, said:
“Numeracy is an essential skill and an entitlement for everyone. The trip to the London Stock Exchange was a great opportunity for the students to see the very hub of numbers.
“We want all children to see maths as something they can learn and something that is relevant in everyday life and not just during their schooling years. Whether they proceed to further maths, all children need to develop confident numeracy skills that will serve them well throughout life.”
Henry Colthurst, Chair of City of London Corporation’s Education Board, said:
“The trip to the London Stock Exchange proved a rewarding opportunity for students to understand the importance of numbers and numeracy.
“Every young person deserves a good education which enables them to flourish and to achieve the best results that they can.
“We are committed to supporting the delivery of world-class education and providing opportunities for young people in the City and neighbouring boroughs to develop the skills that will help them into employment.”
The City of London Corporation aims to ensure that young Londoners in the City Corporation’s schools have access to the information, advice and experiences that will help them to progress into fulfilling careers.
The City Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement.
Co-sponsored academies: City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University), The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG)
City of London Academies Trust: City of London Academy (Southwark), Redriff Primary, City of London Academy, Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy, City of London Primary Academy Islington, City of London Academy Highgate Hill, City of London Academy Highbury Grove, City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy
Local Authority maintained school: Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School
Independent: City of London School, City of London School for Girls, City of London Freemen’s School