Academy players Paul McBride and Jonathan Miles were on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.
The rising stars gave out the certificates and prizes to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the educational programme at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Spring Term.
David Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success co-ordinator, said: “The energy and enthusiasm seen at the Graduation is testament to the fabulous work that goes on during the term in raising students’ Literacy and Numeracy levels but also their self esteem. Parents attending always comment on a noticeable rise in confidence of their children and you can certainly see that.”
Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Education, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy. Although national funding for the programme is coming to an end, Playing for Success will continue at the Spurs Learning Zone thanks to the backing of Haringey and the Club.
Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success. Pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.
Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.
Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.
The following Haringey schools have taken part in Tottenham Hotspur’s Playing for Success scheme this term:
- Bruce Grove Primary
- Risley Avenue Primary
- Lea Valley Primary
- St Francis de Sales Primary
- Gladesmore Community School
- Park View Secondary School
- Grieg City Academy