Monthly Archives: March 2015

Parkfield School wins a National Pupil Premium Award

Our partner school Parkfield School has won a National Pupil Premium Award.



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Judy Murray demonstrates tennis skills at partner school in Birmingham

Corps members Avneet Bhambra and Shaheen Ratansi were excited to meet tennis coach Judy Murray when she visited one of our partner schools, Broadway Academy in Perry Barr, Bimringham.

She was at the school to promote the launch of the Tennis Foundation’s ‘Tennis in Education’ strategy and hold a tennis master class. The students practiced different techniques as demonstrated by Judy, using tennis rackets, nets and balls donated by the Tennis Foundation.

After the masterclass Avneet and Shaheen got a chance to meet the tennis coach and mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and talk to her about the City … Read more ›

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City Year UK and National Grid mark five years of supporting young people in London

We were delighted to welcome special guest, Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier, to an event at Whitmore Primary School in March to celebrate our five year partnership with National Grid. The company has supported us since we started in 2010 and Whitmore was also one of our first five pilot schools.

Meg Hillier said: “It’s great to see City Year UK thriving in Hackney. Pupils really benefit from these additional role models in the classroom and I congratulate National Grid on their sustained commitment to Hackney and Whitmore primary school.”

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Investing in our young people is vital to the future of Britain

We must help teenagers develop other vital life skills.



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Kids enjoy whizz bang experiments at Science festival organised by City Year UK and National Grid

On Friday 6 March, over 200 children from schools across Hackney convened for the fourth annual National Grid Science Festival which celebrated the joys science and engineering.

Attractions included ‘whizz-bang workshops’ run by science education provider Mad Science and City Year volunteers. The workshops provide pupils with an opportunity to get hands on with a variety of science-themed activities. This year, a particular favourite was the ‘smoothie cycle’, where the children cycled on a bike which powered a blender.

The National Grid Science Festival has been designed to inspire children’s love of science and engineering. The festival is part of … Read more ›

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City Year UK wins DfE Character Award

City Year UK is delighted to have been recognised as a leader in character education by winning a Department for Education Character Award. Our ‘50 acts of greatness ‘club is one example of an initiative we run which is focused on helping pupils with behavioural problems develop relationship skills and social-emotional awareness.

Winners of the Character Awards were chosen by a panel of experts and included 21 schools and six charities, all of which were recognised for work promoting resilience and determination in young people. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Teaching character not only benefits children at school – it … Read more ›

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