Clare Family Learning Project has been included as a case study in UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Effective Literacy Programmes. Click on link to view case study. This will also be translated into French and Spanish.
Addressing Educational Disadvantage Through Family Learning – See page 41 ETBI Autumn 2015 for article by Mary Flanagan.
Best practice guidelines for embedding technology in family learning. March 2015
A useful two page document by Campaign for Learning, NIACE, RSC, London
A new project European Framework of Good Practices in Raising Literacy Levels of Children, Adolescents and Adults. June 2015 ELINET European Literacy Policy Network. Coordinator Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, University of Cologne, Germany will be presented to policymakers, stakeholders and the wider public at the final ELINET European Literacy Conference in January 2016.
Links from EBSN – European Basic Skills Network:
Does your left hand know what your right hand is doing? – An interview with David Mallows (video). A lack of policy coherence presents a particular challenge for adult basic skills. As the Movement for Canadian Literacy concluded: ‘…the lack of consistent and adequate funding, vision, strategy, and coordination has meant that literacy [and other basic skills] needs have tended to ‘fall through the cracks’’. Without a coherent system of policy the issue of adult basic skills is less likely to be addressed, or even noticed at all.
David Mallows, the Director of research of NRDC, UK, talks about this very relevant topic. Click here for the interview
New priorities for European cooperation in education and training
A draft joint report (11 pages) by the Commission published 26/08/15 calls for strengthening cooperation in education and training up to 2020 and especially to promote social inclusion. The report proposes a sharper policy focus to better address the most pressing challenges facing our society. The six new priorities identified in the report include improving people’s skills and employment prospects and creating open, innovative and digital learning environments, while at the same time cultivating fundamental values of equality, non-discrimination and active citizenship.
Get ideas from Campaign for Learning for Family Fun Activities to engage parents with their children.
Happy Talk NEYAI Consortium Evaluation Final Report 2014.
This Cork based project worked with families to extend oral language development of children in disadvantaged areas.
The National Centre for Families Learning U.S.A. announces the launch of Healthy Family Habits, an online resource dedicated to providing families with real-world ways to establish and hone healthy habits. This new (and free) set of materials offers step-by-step guides and downloadable resources for community organizations seeking support in planning and hosting health-literacy events for families.
Healthy Family Habits also includes interactive features designed to help families facilitate at-home conversations about health and generate ideas for implementing healthful activities. [All resources are available in English and Spanish.]
After School /Homework Support
Useful information for parents or tutors of ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) children in After School programmes, or for homework support in a blog format.
Five Ways to Address Families’ Digital Learning Needs Lessons From Museums and Libraries.
Marsha L. Semmel from Havard Family Research Project says ‘In this time of dynamic, technologically fueled societal change, museums and libraries are ramping up their offerings for parents and families in support of such vital 21st-century learning skills as problem solving, collaboration, digital media literacy, and creativity. Here are five ways that libraries and museums play important roles in addressing our children’s digital learning needs.’ 2014
Family Learning And Migrant Engagement – FLAME
First draft and working document for piloting activity from 2013. Lots of ideas on delivering themed family learning classes.
Caring for your Baby, Caring for your Child
Three revised booklets for parents of children 0-6 months, 6 months- 2 years and 2-5 years, developed by the Health Service Executive Books are available through the Public Health Nurse – are also available online. Click on title to open.
These are a useful resource to use in family learning classes especially with migrant families who may not be familiar with the language of health.