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Key Connections. Learning for families in Wrexham settings. Key Connections aims:. to engage disengaged families with their children’s learning to raise personal aspirations to raise families’ aspirations for their children

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Key Connections

Learning for families


Wrexham settings

key connections aims
Key Connections aims:

to engage disengaged families with their children’s learning

to raise personal aspirations

to raise families’ aspirations for their children

to break entrenched cycles of intergenerational non -participation in learning training and work

key connections objectives
Key Connections objectives:

welcome families into school

give families positive learning experiences

to develop self esteem and confidence

provide a structure that will encourage families to take ownership of their own learning

provide a learning community for all engaged in school life

the need for change

The Need For Change!

Evaluation of the recommended BSC

8-10 hr Family Learning, Lap and Nap courses indicated that:

recruitment of the target group was difficult / impossible

provision was short

it was withdrawn at the very moment participants were beginning to engage

the process

Families identifyskills or activitiesthey wish to develop.

These become Group LearningTargets.

Evidenceof workis accumulated then submitted for individual OCN basic skills qualificationsas and whenappropriate.

This system is far less threatening and does not involve basic skills testing which was an significant barrier for many.

numbers to date
Numbers to date

School based groups currently support 157 families

The average group size is 13

The community based group for families caring for ALN / SLCD children has been contacted by 185 families.

The average group size here is 18-24

To meet demand a similar group is due to start in Ruabon High School in May 09

current provision self funded programmes now run in
Current provisionSelf funded programmes now run in:

Ysgol Heulfan Llay CP

St Giles CP Rhosymedre

Acrefair Chirk Infants

full or partial bsc funding supports programmes in
Full or Partial BSC funding supports programmes in:

St Mary’s School in Brymbo

Brynteg CP

Gwenfro CP

Gwersyllt CP

community focussed schools support 2 pilot projects in
Community Focussed Schools support 2 pilot projects in :

Ysgol Grango – 1st high school

Ysgol Min-y-Ddol – Welsh medium


Ysgol Cefn Mawr – English medium

1st shared provision

prevention and inclusion support 3 specialist groups
Prevention and Inclusion support 3 specialist groups

Group Portugal – EAL

Talk for Talk x 2– Additional Learning Needs

Youth Justice Service

(currently staff training and support.

Establishing a family work is the long term goal)

Why should Schools participate?

School Effectiveness Framework –

“If schools are to deliver effectively for children and young people

they need to work with other schools, parents and the local community”

“Schools are essential partners with other service providers..”

“ Opening doors to a full life....”

Basic Skills Primary Quality Mark– Element 9

Involving Parents and provide opportunities to become involved with the Basic Skills at home

Estyn Common Inspection Framework –

Key Question 3

“...the school ensures that learners needs and interests are enriched

by effective partnerships with parents, the local community and other


activities fulfil cypp by supporting a family s
Activities fulfil CYPP by supporting a family’s

Learning and achievement

need to be healthy lead an active lifestyle andsense of wellbeing

sense of personal and community safety

opportunities to participateenjoy and feel their contributions to school life are valued

the parents views
The Parents’ Views

This is giving me the confidence to think about going back to work

I’m learning things I never thought I would

Really good, never thought I’d like coming into school

We have enjoyed playing the games we made

I feel more confident and can help my children more

A great opportunity to

relax have a lot of fun

It is good to get together to share skills

Hopes for the Future

Key Connections groups to become

embedded into all Wrexham schools in order to:

fulfil the requirements as highlighted in the CYPP and the School Effectiveness Framework documents

raise parents’ aspirations for themselves and their children and

improve pupil attendance, performance and behaviour

barrier to development capacity
Barrier to Development- capacity

As Key Connections grows, it will require extra facilitators to cope with the increasing demand for:

basic skills teaching



developing further links with the community

key connections has
Key Connections has:

proved to be cost effective

successfully engaged and retained previously disengaged families

enabled schools to fulfil WAG targets regarding working with families and has

made many links with the wider community

to date
To date

national interest in the Key Connections model

cited as best practice by BSC and Estyn

replicated in Flintshire and Gwynedd with

joint staff training days

waiting list of schools ready to join the project

key connections
Key Connections

needs support at strategic level to enable Wrexham to maintain its place amongst the best in Wales for innovative work with disengaged families