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Welcome to the celebration of the comenius regio faster project

Welcome to the Celebrationof theComenius Regio FASTER Project

Comenius regio faster project

Comenius Regio FASTER Project

Radom – Poland and Sefton- UK


Where we are in europe
Where we are in Europe?




United Kingdom

Why are families important

Why are families important?

The case for involving parents & families in pupil learning

Families are formative influences in people’s lives and places of deep learning”

“Parents and carers are a child’s first and most enduring educators”

Haggart,J.(2000) A Guide to Family Learning

Family learning what are the benefits
Family Learning What are the benefits?

  • Well organised and carefully targeted Family Learning can play a part in furthering 3 key policy objectives for education

  • Raising achievement

  • Widening participation

  • Countering social exclusion

  • Evidence indicates that what parents

  • do is more important than who parents are.

  • Examples of a good Home Learning Environment include:

  • reading to a child,

  • teaching songs and nursery rhymes,

  • playing with letters & numbers,

  • visiting the library,

  • painting & drawing,

  • emphasising the alphabet

Research Findings

The effect of early Home Learning Environment on pupils age 5 has an effect over and above parental background factors such socio- economic status, maternal education and family income. (EPPE Study 2004)

Parental interest in their child’s education has four times more influence on attainment by age 16 than socio- economic background

(Feinstein & Symons 1999)

Parental involvement in their child’s reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy

( National Literacy Trust 2007)

An example of family intervention which led to improved pupil learning 2002 2006
An example of family interventionwhich led to improved pupil learning 2002 -2006

Children’s Centres in Sefton


The original Sure Start programme was based on

evidence that effective early intervention can prevent

costs to society later on.

Evidence from community-based programmes, that are locally led, can help to engage those families who might

not otherwise seek help

EPPE Study Findings

This showed that integrated early years settings were particularly beneficial to children’s development.

EPPE also shows that disadvantaged children who attended childcare settings with children from mixed social backgrounds made more progress than in settings serving mainly disadvantaged children

14 Sylva K, Melhuish E, Sammons P, et al. Effective Pre-school Provision. London: Institute of Education 2004, and Melhuish EC, Sylva K, Sammons P, et al.

Preschool influences on mathematics achievement.

Support for families in radom
Support for Families in Radom

Social therapy classes

Parental assistance

Free meals

Free books

FASTER Project

Families and Schools Together in European Regions

Sharing good practice and developing strategies to support vulnerable families in Radom (Poland) and Sefton (UK)

What has been happening year one
What has been happening?Year One

Radom Poland

The School for Parents

Sefton UK

Parents’ Courses

Year two
Year Two

  • Further work with Families

  • Eg: Language support

  • Use of experts eg: Speech Therapists

  • Structured programme

    to reach families with incentives for attendance

  • Record impact of family involvement through

  • Photographs/DVDs

  • Questionnaires to parents

  • Baseline assessments in order to measure improvement

Working together on family intervention programme
Working together on Family Intervention Programme



Improved Pupil Life Chances

Improved pupil life chances
Improved Pupil Life Chances

  • Outcomes

  • Model which can be replicated in schools in the European region

  • Shared good practice by schools & personnel

  • New approach to learning and education - it does not just take place in school.

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Attendance at school

Parental involvement in learning

Improved parental & pupil attitude towards education

Benefit to siblings & peer group