Pupil’s painting helps raise £750,000 at Bank of America Merill Lynch auction

A painting produced by Ark Globe Primary pupil Syeda has been auctioned alongside artwork from students from across the Ark network and works by big names like Henry Moore and David Hockney in an event organised by Bank of America Merill Lynch.

The event, held at the glittering Sotheby's auction house in London, raised over £100,000 to support Mathematics Mastery.

11-year-old Syeda’s work which went under the hammer was called 'Inspirational Waves'. She said:
“It’s overwhelming to know my work was auctioned with artwork from famous artists. My picture was inspired by us all being united at Ark Globe – for example, there is a bit with students graduating from university and all the hands have different skin tones because that is one of the things we’re all working together for.”

The auction included some of Britain’s most influential artists David Hockney and Henry Moore and were donated by Bank of America Merrill Lynch from its corporate art collection.

The monies raised will be used to help improve arithmetic skills amongst young people across the UK through the expansion of Ark’s acclaimed Mathematics Mastery programme to schools most in need, with new opportunities for GCSE and A level students. This highly effective curriculum and teaching process uses objects, pictures and words to help pupils explore maths and understand the important role it plays in their lives. Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s employees will also connect with recipient schools to help students through mentoring, maths tuition and employability/skills development sessions.

The innovative Maths Mastery curriculum, which is based on international best practice, was recently found to improve primary student's progress maths by two months and secondary student's progress by a month in an independent report by the Education Endowment Fund.