World-class education and training

All Tottenham schools have been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. But we want all our provision to be the best it can be up to the age of 18 and beyond - which includes access and higher participation rates in apprenticeships and university.

In 2015 Haringey Council launched the Haringey 100 initiative (external link) – a drive for employers to take on 100 apprentices in 100 days and Haringey’s first all-through school, the Harris Academy (external link) opened its doors.

We are also leading the way with a ground-breaking new Fashion Technology Academy (external link), National College for Digital Skills (external link) and we are part of an independent STEM Commission (external link) which seeks to improve educational attainment and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Fashion Technology Academy

The Fashion Technology Academy gives more than 200 people a year the opportunity to work in paid apprenticeships and gain highly sought-after professional qualifications in the fashion industry.

The academy, which is the only of its kind in Europe to operate alongside a working factory and fashion studio, is run by award winning social enterprise business Fashion Enter, who produce close to 400,000 garments a year for the likes of Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Finery and Tesco from their Hermitage Road based factory.

By 2019 the FTA will be able to train more than 1,000 people per year in NVQ qualifications ranging from fashion design, to all aspects of garment production, filling a skills gap identified by the British Fashion Council.

For more information visit the Fashion Technology Academy (external link)

National College for Digital Skills (ADA)

Based in the heart of Tottenham Hale, ADA, The National College for Digital Skills will offer the latest digital skills training and qualifications – from software programming and data science to games design and app development. The cutting-edge college is set to open in September 2016 for 6th Form and 19+ students.

Ada’s Founding Partners are: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte Digital, Gamesys, IBM and King Digital Entertainment and the Aldridge Foundation. The college’s patron is Co-Founder Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and the board is chaired by Capita Group founder Sir Rod Aldridge OBE. The CEO and Dean of the College, Mark Smith and Tom Fogden were both teachers as part of Teach First’s inaugural cohort.

For more information visit the ADA website (external link)

STEM Commission

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In education, STEM encompasses a range of subjects and programmes, including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computing, IT and ICT, and design and technology, as well as areas as diverse as agriculture, environmental science, interactive media, construction and accounting.

The STEM Commission which aims to investigate barriers, raise attainment and pave the way to greater opportunities in STEM, launched in Haringey in September 2015.

There are currently close to three million jobs in the UK that demand STEM skills, with the vast majority in industries that are expected to grow significantly in the coming years. However recent research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills highlighted that employers find it difficult to fill around half of all STEM-based job vacancies due to a shortage of candidates with the required qualifications.

There are also concerns that if the STEM skills gap remains unaddressed, major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and ambitious regeneration schemes across the capital could be threatened by a lack of suitable employees to deliver them.

Find out more about the STEM Commission (external link)

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