This programme is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and the Bell Foundation and sets out to test the impact of a family literacy programme. This programme is coordinated by Learning Unlimited and the Campaign for Learning, working in partnership with the Family Learning Local Authority Group (FLLAG).

About the programme

The Family SKILLS programme will focus on parental engagement to improve the literacy skills of reception class pupils with EAL and their parents. Parents will be helped to develop their own literacy and language skills so they feel more confident about supporting their child’s learning at home. It will combine discrete ‘parents only’ sessions, and sessions with parents and children learning together. The sessions will include an introduction to education in England and the culture of schools, reading strategies, home literacy practices, oral traditions (including storytelling, songs and rhymes), phonics, learning through play, and a focus on how to make the most of bilingualism.

The family literacy model on which this intervention is based was originally funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is delivered by teams in local authorities throughout the country to around 50,000 families a year. A recent matched study by the Institute of Education found that 30-hour family literacy programmes had a positive effect on children’s reading scores: children in the intervention group made greater gains in their reading than children in the control group (equal to around two months’ additional progress).

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