Valuing Parents Linking Policy and Practice
March 28th and 29th 2019

Capturing the Evidence in Family Learning
Family Learning Forum held in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland 28th May 2014

National Family Literacy Links


Enabling Intergenerational Learning: Background Report of Family Literacy Practices in Irish Education and Training Boards.

Family Literacy Research SOLAS/ETBI/NALA 2020

Family Literacy Practice in ETBs
Guidelines, Case studies and Recommendations 

Digital Family Literacy Research Project – Trinity College Dublin 2020

  1. What are the individual and family literacy practices of families where a parent has literacy learning needs, in particular focusing on the uses of and access to technology?
  2. What technologies to support literacy are effective in developing constrained early literacy skills (e.g. letter knowledge, phonics)?
  3. Can these technologies, employed in a family literacy programme, support family literacy practices and develop the literacy skills of both parents and children? 

Marking Progress National Adult Literacy Agency 2021

Throughout the course of the FET Strategy 2014-2019, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) was commissioned by SOLAS to complete a number of significant reports. These studies have produced evidence-based guidelines on inclusion across the contexts of Family Literacy, Numeracy and the inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities in the Adult Literacy Service.

Marking Progress is a three-year project with the aim of working collaboratively with participating ETBs to create a tool to resource the implementation of the guidelines and to facilitate inclusion of those with unmet literacy and numeracy needs. 

Family Learning Tutor Training

Family learning staff develop training modules to suit local needs, specifically for a topic e.g. My Baby and Me or a refresher course for those who may have attended training some years ago.

Topics covered can include:

  • Theory and research
  • Programme themes
  • Increasing parental understanding of how school works at primary and second level
  • Providing fun learning opportunities based around home and family to encourage positive attitudes and further participation in learning
  • Explaining curriculum content and helping parents identify how they can help with homework and study skills
  • Promoting greater engagement with books and stories at all ages
  • Working in partnership and recruitment
  • Evaluation and progression.

We have lots of resources to share and the training will facilitate sharing of ideas.

Family Learning Promotion

Family Learning Brochure showcasing the range of courses available depending on tutor availability and funding.  LCETB Family Learning Brochure

Family Learning Evaluation

Family learning evidence is built up by collating evaluation reports.

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board have a generic evaluation sheet. Evaluation Form

See some Evaluation reports below:

“The world needs your stories”: Creating digital stories in an Irish family literacy program in a  PowerPoint Presentation


Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills (DES) official portal for Irish Education.

It has over 20,000 resources available online including websites, quizzes, lesson plans, notes, video/audio and games that can be used in the classroom or at home.

It was developed as a support for teachers at both primary and secondary level and can be used as supports for learning at home.

Click the link below to explore all the resources available.




Parents in 1994 attending literacy classes requested help with their children’s homework. The first family learning classes started as a pilot project. The work was developed by Clare Adult Basic Education Service.

Clare Family Learning Resource Pack was published in 2000, to support parents helping their children’s emerging literacy and numeracy skills. As courses were piloted, research carried out, more resources were developed in response to local and national needs.

Clare Family Learning is now part of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. It is known nationally and internationally for developing courses, tutor training and support.

Information on involvement in EU projects.

Clare Family Learning 1994-2019 – A brief History.

Updates on Family Learning work

March 5th and 6th, 2020 Hosted 25 teachers and Principals from Finland to learn about Family Learning and working with migrants. The visit involved seeing Family Learning classes in action in some schools and Family Learning tutor training.

Understanding Family Learning, Finland

7th October, 2020. Virtual presentation delivered to conference in Finland.

UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, Hamburg

26th October 2020 Presented at live webinar on international Family and Intergenerational Literacy and Learning tutor training, 90 participants involved.

Family Literacy, Ministry of Education, Brazil

4th December, 2020. Teams meeting to share information on Family Learning with staff from Ministry of Education, Brazil.