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The Prince’s Charities make a difference in Tottenham

  • Education

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund has awarded a grant to The Prince’s Charities Education and Young People’s Cluster to deliver a co-ordinated programme of activity for young people in Haringey. An area of particular concern for The Prince of Wales and his Charitable Foundation given its experience in the riots in August 2011.

The project is focused in the east of Haringey, Tottenham, where The Prince’s Charities believe the need is greatest. As in Burnley, the project builds on the belief that co-ordinated joint action by The Prince’s Charities, given their shared purpose and values, can effect measurable positive change in opportunity and achievement in an area of acute need.

The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, The Prince’s Trust, The Prince’s Drawing School, Business in the Community, The Prince’s Teaching Institute and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts are working in 2 secondary schools and their 11 feeder primary schools to make a difference and in the community.

The project is aimed at children in specific schools, their teachers and prospective employers. It also aims to better engage or re-engage the children and young people with education, with potential employers and with the arts. Teachers will be re-energised with their subjects and supported with their professional development. The leadership teams of the schools will be strengthened through strategic and day to day mentoring provided by business partners.

Case study

Jools Holland and The Prince’s Teaching Institute inspire Music teachers

Deborah Quow, Head of Music at Northumberland Park Community School attended the Prince’s Teaching Institute’s Music Residential Training Programme. The keynote speaker and performer at the event was Jools Holland, who spoke about how his music teacher at school encouraged him to explore the musical world and listen to genres that he would not have otherwise listened to. He encouraged all those present, including Deborah, to do the same back in their classrooms.

Deborah also took part in several other practical workshops and ensemble sessions, and spent time with other Music teachers from across the country sharing ideas on how to fire-up their students in Music lessons, and ensure that all of their colleagues back at school were similarly enthusiastic about inspiring their classes. At the end of the course, Deborah signed up Northumberland Park’s Music department to the Prince’s Teaching Institute’s Schools Programme.

As part of this, she set herself several objectives for the year, which included developing a radical Scheme of Work for Year 7 and 8 which provides a thorough foundation for study at GCSE level and beyond. She has also committed to promote music to prospective Year 7s on Transition day, when they are seeing their new school for the first time. Deborah will be attending the Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme day to review her department’s progress towards these objectives.