Family Learning

The Learning and Work Institute is a leader in the area of Family Learning, referring to any learning activity that involves both children and adult family members, where learning outcomes are intended for both, contributing to a culture of learning in the family.

Our independent Inquiry into Family Learning in England and Wales has had a major impact in highlighting this area of work to policy makers, funders and schools. The Inquiry’s report – Family Learning Works– recommends that all schools should include family learning programmes to increase children’s levels of attainment at school, to prepare them for the rapidly changing labour market, and to help secure a prolonged economic recovery.

We’re also currently working with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on a two year programme to develop and pilot new and engaging ways of delivering family numeracy programmes, underpinned by new technology. The six pilots, five in England and one in Wales, are working in partnership with a community organisation in order to engage new learners, targeting families that are hardest to reach with the lowest levels of numeracy skills. Partner organisations include libraries, sport and health organisations financial organisations and housing associations. At the end of the programme, we’ll be producing an online resource to support the new approaches, including teaching and learning resources, as well as strategic guidance for local providers.

Other resources available to encourage more adults to learn with their children have been produced in collaboration with CBeebies, the BBC’s flagship television station and online facility for young children. Our ten downloadable modules include session plans and resources for Early Years and Family Learning practitioners, which can be used as a stand-alone course or flexibly as part of other sessions.