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Leicestershire & Leicester City Family Learning Group

Family Learning

What it could mean for you!



Family Learning is defined as learning through enjoyable activities to improve the skills and knowledge of family members with clear learning outcomes for both.

Family Learning includes learning that allows parents to learn more about how their children learn and encourages them to pursue further learning.

Parenting i.e. learning that helps people operate within families is also included.

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Family Learning is intergenerational.

It provides opportunities for families to spend time learning new skills together.

‘Family’ means any intergenerational group of people who are related through kinship or commitment.

‘Learning’ is the intentional activity which they choose to embark upon together.

‘Parent’ includes step parents, grandparents and other carers.


The contribution family learning makes to meeting Local Area Agreement targets

The Background to family learning

The impact of family learning on children

The impact of family learning on adults

The national picture

The contribution family learning make to Every Child Matters

Why family learning works

The local context: Leicester and Leicestershire

the contribution family learning makes to meeting local area agreement targets
The Contribution family learning makes to meeting Local Area Agreement targets
  • For Children and Young People through …
    • Improving educational progress and attainment at primary/secondary school with particular focus on those most disadvantaged
    • Reducing health inequalities of children
  • For Economic Development and Enterprise through …
    • Improving the skills levels of residents, particularly those in deprived neighbourhoods and ethnic minorities
  • For Healthier Communities and Older People through …
    • Encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle choices, reducing harm to their own and others health
  • For Safer and Stronger Communities through …
    • Widening access and remove barriers to participation in order to improve health, well-being and community cohesion
the background to family learning
The Background to Family Learning

Family learning has grown over the last twenty years from localised learning activities led by inspired individuals into a national force for social change. Its full potential has not been reached nor measured, but in every community there are opportunities for family members to learn together, enriching their lives and raising their aspirations. Continued government funding will ensure that this potential is realised.

Mapping the provision across the area will capture effective family learning approaches, and identify any gaps that the many contributors can collectively seek to fill.

Charles des Forge’s research showed unequivocally that children whose parents took an active interest in their children’s learning, regardless of social background, were six times more likely to succeed, especially at primary level.

the impact of family learning on children
The Impact of Family Learning on Children
  • Family learning raises standards and tackles the attainment gap in schools by involving parents in learning, helping them understand and value their contribution
  • Children develop more positive attitudes to learning
  • Children benefit from parents greater understanding of children's development resulting in improved relationships
the impact of family learning on adults
The Impact of Family Learning on Adults
  • Parents are more confident helping and supporting their children’s learning
  • Parents are engaged in learning in a non-threatening environment, often accessing provision in local communities
  • Parents gain confidence and self-esteem and move on to accreditation and further learning, volunteering and paid employment
the national picture

Empowering Families

to help themselves

The National Picture

Be healthy

Stay safe

Better communication

Better mental and physical health

Lower crime figures

Increased safety awareness in the home



Higher educational aspirations

Increased community engagement

Higher levels of self esteem

Better communication

Better mental and physical health

Achieve economic well-being

Make a Positive Contribution

Enjoy and achieve

the contribution family learning makes to every child matters
The five outcomes:

Be healthy

Stay safe

Achieve economic well-being

Enjoy and achieve

Make a positive contribution

The Contribution Family Learning makes to Every Child Matters

Family Sport

Family cooking

Family Health

Read with your Baby

Family IT - Safe internet use

Paediatric First Aid


Early Start



Family Arts and Crafts

Family Music and Singing

Family Literacy

Family Finance

Family Numeracy

Keeping up with the Children

why family learning works
Why Family Learning works
  • Family learning encourages parents/cares to be more involved in their child’s education which has a positive effect on children’s attainment and achievement

      Good practice established in family learning opportunities is replicated with other children in the family

  • Parental involvement in children’s learning helps to establish a culture of learning within the family and community
the local context leicester and leicestershire

The local context: Leicester and Leicestershire

Local providers of family learning


Voluntary and Community Sector

Funding bodies

Public Sector bodies


SureStarts and Children’s Centres

Further Education sector



Voluntary and Community Sector:

Braunstone Community Association

Families in Focus

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

braunstone community association
Braunstone Community Association
  • ‘Families in Focus’ project £518k over 2 years
  • Supported through ‘New Deal for Braunstone’ programme
  • Delivered for BCA by Lighthouse Learning and Turning Point Women’s Centre
  • School link workers engage parents through school based activities
  • Home link workers train local resident volunteers as peer educators to deliver family learning in the home
  • Creation of £3m venue the BRITE Centre as community and family learning base

Families in Focus

  • Families in Focus is an NDC funded project based on the Braunstone Estate.
  • A unique project managed by Lighthouse Learning. Delivered by a team of link workers, based at Turning Point Women’s Centre and Lighthouse Learning:
    • School link workers engage with families through interaction with Braunstone schools
    • Home link workers engage volunteers who are trained in peer education, they are then assigned families to work with in the home

The Learning and Skills Council funds Family programmes which aim to encourage family members with a range of relationships to participate and learn together.

Family learning programmes are those specifically designed to enable adults and children to learn together or those programmes that enable parents/carers to learn how to support their children’s learning.

Funding supports opportunities for intergenerational learning and, wherever possible, to lead both adults and children to pursue further learning;

  • Improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of parents;
  • Improve parents' ability to help their children; and
  • Improve children’s acquisition of literacy, language and numeracy.

They aim to:

  • Develop the skills or knowledge of both the adult and child participants;
  • Help parents/carers to be more active in the support of their children’s learning and development and to understand the impact of that support.

Providers are encouraged to work in partnerships on some of the programmes eg with the voluntary sector, museums and libraries, health and social services, early years and childcare services to target priority areas or groups of learners.

public sector bodies
Public Sector Bodies:

Leicester City Council Family Learning

Leicestershire County Council Family Learning

Leicester City Libraries

Leicestershire County Libraries

Leicester Museums

Leicestershire Museums

leicester city council s family learning
Leicester City Council’s Family Learning
  • The Adult Skills & Learning Service delivers Wider Family Learning and Family Literacy, Language & Numeracy with partner organisations across Leicester. Family Learning is free to all participating families, and is well resourced to encourage increased activity at home. Programmes include:
  • Family learning courses in sport, arts, cooking, IT, history, languages, Multicultural Storysacks, K’Nex, health, storywriting, and PEEPs
  • Family Literacy and Numeracy, Keeping up with the Children, Playing with Language and Early Start
  • … and much, much more …

Contact: Catriona Kelly

Email: Catriona.kelly@leicester.gov.uk

0116 229 4349

leicester city libraries
Leicester City Libraries
  • Promotes:
  • Family awareness of Library resources
  • Family use /membership of Libraries
  • Family involvement in the achievement of children and young people
  • Provides:
  • Free access to resources/staff
  • Free events/activities
  • Free targeted partnerships

Share Enjoy Achieve


Contact: Paul Gobey

Email: Paul.gobey@leicester.gov.uk

Tel: 0116 225 4997

leicestershire county libraries
Leicestershire County Libraries
  • FREE access to fast PCs, information & books
  • Access to DVDs and talking books
  • Helpful, accessible staff
  • FREE activities and events
  • Opportunities to spend time together as a family and to meet other families in a local trusted community space
  • Excellent links with other learning providers and partners

Contact: Maggie Boyd

Learning Development Librarian mboyd@leics.gov.uk0116 2678033

further education sector leicester college
Further Education Sector – Leicester College
  • Literacy, Numeracy and ICT for parents
  • All courses provided by Leicester College have 2 main aims:
  • To consider how children are being taught so that parents feel more confident when supporting their children 
  • To improve parents’ own literacy and/or numeracy skills – formal qualifications at various levels are offered Courses can be adapted to suit the needs of the parents and schools e.g. if a school would like to target numeracy in Years 3 and 4, then we can amend the course content as necessary. 
  • For further information, please contact:

Anne Schofield

Family Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator


7 Cantrell Road



 0116 2992290



Leicestershire & Leicester City Learning Partnership

Our Key Roles:

  • Promoting provider collaboration
  • Maximising the contribution of learning to local regeneration

Aiming to add value to the work of the Partners by:

  • Using our own project funding
  • Drawing in external funds as a Partnership
  • Developing joint working and planning