Playing for Success, a national initiative aimed at improving students' grades at Key Stage 2 and 3 in Literacy and Numeracy, recently achieved Advanced Status by QiSS (Quality in Study Support).
The Quality in Study Support Recognition Scheme provides a formal public validation of the self-evaluation process made by centres such as the Spurs Learning Zone at White Hart Lane. Their aim is to quality assure many out-of-school-hours projects for children.
Joanne Moore, Senior Lecturer of QiSS, said: "The curriculum within Playing for Success is creative and the breadth of the curriculum beyond Playing for Success is striking."
Playing for Success (PfS) has achieved the third and final level of evaluation progressing through Emerged, Established and recently achieving Advanced level.
David Lyall, Playing for Success Centre Manager at Tottenham Hotspur, said: "The feedback we have had so far has noted how inspiring our programme is, particularly noted was the unique and mutually beneficial partnership which exists between Playing for Success and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation."
Haringey's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Cllr Lorna Reith, added: "The feedback we've had from parents and students has been extremely positive - and we hope that this boost in the scheme's status will highlight its value to many more local young people."
Playing for Success is an embedded part of an overall strategy to raise achievement at Local Authority level alongside Extended Schools provision.
Jointly funded by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Department for Education and Haringey Council, Tottenham Hotspur Playing for Success takes place at White Hart Lane, providing the unique opportunity to harness the power and motivational aspect of a Premier League Football Club.
Both the proximity to the world famous pitch and the state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone helps to deliver the ‘wow factor' and gives students a unique educational experience which enhances work done in schools.
Each year, over 20 Haringey schools have the opportunity to send pupils to Playing for Success. Every secondary school in Haringey attends once a year.
In 2008/09, 335 pupils attended the PfS sessions, which provide two hours of learning each week over a duration of 10 weeks. This equates to over 2,500 learning opportunities throughout the year.
Playing for Success works in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Education department. Both partners work to improve the opportunities provided to school students each year. Recognition from bodies such as QiSS and the award of Advanced status allows the standard offered to students to continually improve and expand.