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Foundation's primary school provision showcased at the Lane

Posted on 24 April 2015  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation showcased the range of programmes on offer to local primary schools in its first ‘Primary School Day’ at White Hart Lane, in partnership with St Paul’s & All Hallows’ School.

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All 415 students from St Paul’s and All Hallows’ were invited to participate in literacy, numeracy, sports and health activities delivered by the Foundation’s Education and Schools team.

The day started with assembly in the East Stand where all pupils were rewarded with a Tottenham Hotspur replica kit.

Teachers from schools in the surrounding boroughs were invited to observe the sessions and gain a greater insight into the programmes available.

The Foundation currently delivers programmes in primary schools across Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Barnet, Broxbourne and Epping Forest.

Staff from the Foundation’s Education and Schools team work closely with teaching staff to deliver Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 physical education sessions in-line with the national curriculum. In-turn, this provides pupils and teaching staff with access to high quality sports coaching through the Foundation. From September 2015, the Foundation will also offer gym and dance provision as part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

The Foundation also provides ‘Extra-Time Literacy’ - an innovative programme combining literacy with mentoring to raise self-esteem and increase aspirations for disengaged students. This provision sees students work with a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in-class mentor for 10 weeks, before continuing with monthly mentoring sessions that encourage motivation, focus and engagement during lesson times.

One-off half-day workshops at White Hart Lane are also offered to local schools.

Sharon Easton, Head Teacher at St Paul’s and All Hallows’ said: “We have a long standing relationship with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and our students really benefit from the excellent sports coaching and classroom provisions delivered. Today has been an awe-inspiring day for all of us; all our students were incredibly excited to have been a part of it.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, CEO Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We are committed to supporting young people on to education and employment pathways. For younger children, we work closely with local schools delivering a variety of education programmes that encourage pupils to engage positively with education. Instilling a positive attitude to education at a young age is extremely beneficial and something we’ve witnessed through our programmes.”