Family and Community Learning

Increasing and improving adult learning in families and communities is an essential part of our work in addressing inequality of access to education and training. For many adults it’s an opportunity to build the confidence needed to achieve a formal qualification, for some it’s the chance to have a voice in their local community, and for others it’s about learning to support their children better.

Family Learning develops the skills of adults and children and builds strong resilient families, helping to break down intergenerational cycles of disadvantage. Our work takes forward the recommendations of our Family Learning Inquiry and we continue to press for more direct investment in Family Learning through both the Pupil Premium (in England) and the Pupil Deprivation Grant (in Wales). We’re working towards building better integration of family learning into the new localism, for more coherent planning and delivery.

Learning in communities develops confidence and self-belief and helps empower individuals from under-represented groups to take control of their lives and realise their full potential. Our work is contributing to the development of community learning as a universal offer across England and Wales, and identifying new proposals for the community learning budget with improved connections to other types of learning and evidence of progression.

We support the Family and Intergenerational Learning Network in North and South Wales bringing together a range of organisations that are promoting and supporting intergenerational learning, involving adults in children’s learning and enabling adults to address and develop their own learning skills.In England we support the FLLAG (Family Learning Local Authority Group) and work closely with Campaign for Learning, LEAFEA and Holex.


Embedding Family Learning into Families First Event (9 February 2012) – Conference Report

Inquiry into Family Learning Summary for Wales

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