40 students, some from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London were at Haringey's Professional Development Centre on March 29th to celebrate achieving qualifications in Support Work in Schools, literacy or numeracy or Higher Level Teaching Assistant status.

The Support Work in Schools qualification that some have achieved is the latest successful collaboration between the College and Haringey Council’s Workforce Development team.

College tutor Ruth Cook, with a wealth of expertise in Early Years, spoke of her pride that the partnership between the College and Haringey had enabled so many support staff to achieve qualifications, develop their own skills and confidence and improve their work with children and young people.

Councillor Lorna Reith, Deputy Leader of Haringey Council and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, congratulated the students and paid tribute to their hard work, which many of the learners had combined with demanding jobs and busy family lives. She particularly praised the contribution they had made to the welfare of the children and young people of Haringey. 

Angela Jackman, Haringey Council Workforce Development Manager, expressed the hope that the relationship with the College would continue to be fruitful in coming years, working closely with Kathy Hall from the Borough of Enfield.

Karen Clifford, a student on the CACHE Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants in 2003-4, who then progressed to Middlesex University and qualified as a teacher, spoke of her hard work and the satisfaction she felt in achieving her goal.  She urged fellow Teaching Assistants to consider going on to further study. “It’s never too late,” she said.

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