Joanne Welcomes Mayor’s Stepping Stones Programme Launch

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield and Heartlands High School in Haringey will receive a portion of his ‘Young Londoners Fund’ to set up a Stepping Stones programme, aimed at helping the most vulnerable local pupils with the transition to secondary school, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“The transition between primary and secondary school can be a difficult and testing time for some children. However, with the extra helping hand that the Stepping Stones programme and summer school provides, it can also empower the most vulnerable young Londoners to make the leap to a higher level of academic and personal independence.

“In the wake of sustained government cuts that have decimated our capital’s youth services, the summer school also offers invaluable free, educational activities during the holidays, preparing children for a good start at secondary school, as well as on-going mentoring support through the year.

“The Mayor has clearly acknowledged the importance of early intervention, taking swift and stringent action to play his part in tackling inequality in our communities by introducing his £45m Young Londoners Fund.

“On the other hand, we have seen the Government treat this as a less urgent priority, having so far failed to allocate any of their £22 million Early Intervention Fund. This amount is a drop in the ocean when compared the level of damage that has been done by their callous programme of austerity”.

Joanne Welcomes School Air Quality Audit

Welcoming the announcement that Lordship Lane Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School and Welbourne Primary School in Haringey and Bowes Primary School and Meridian Angel Primary School in Enfield will be included in the Mayor of London’s air quality audit, Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“There is a lot of evidence showing that air quality can have a long-term detrimental impact on the health of our children. It’s great to see that the Mayor is taking genuine steps to tackle the impact of toxic air on children in Enfield & Haringey, and I hope this audit is just the start.

“I welcome further measures taken by the Mayor to clean up the capital’s air, including the introduction of the T-charge and plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. We now need the government to follow his lead and take steps to tackle London’s toxic air, not least by introducing a new Clean Air Act and a diesel scrappage scheme.”

Joanne McCartney AM celebrates Haringey’s food growing pupils at City Hall

School children from Rokesly Junior School visited City Hall last week to celebrate food growing schools in London. Rokesly Junior School, who were welcomed by Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, took home a prize for the most enterprising product with their pumpkin chutney and marmalade. The Schools Marketplace at City Hall is in its fourth year and enables school children across London to sell produce that they have grown at school. Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM celebrates Haringey’s food growing pupils at City Hall”

Joanne McCartney AM assumes responsibility for education and childcare

On the day that thousands of schoolchildren around London receive their GCSE results, Sadiq Khan announced that Joanne McCartney, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London and Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey will extend her statutory brief to include education and childcare. Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM assumes responsibility for education and childcare”