Campaign for Learning is delighted to be working with Learning Unlimited on new research led by the What Work for Children's Social Care (WWCSC) initiative.

The research is funded by the Department for Education. It will assess interventions to close the attainment gap between young people who have had a social worker and their peers. The evaluation will add to the growing evidence of how some of the most vulnerable children in our society can best be supported to achieve their full potential.

Campaign for Learning will support Learning Unlimited to deliver the Family Skills programme, one of the interventions that is being evaluated.

Family Skills aims to improve the literacy and language skills of children learning English as an additional language (EAL) by improving, guardian and carer engagement in children’s learning, and the relationship between those adults and the school. The programme supports parents of Reception-aged children through 11 weekly sessions for parents delivered at the child’s school by family learning tutors.

The research will build on previous analysis by WWCSC, which shows the potential of Family Skills to close the attainment gap for children who have had a social worker and their peers. Children in this group gained an additional four months' progress on literacy attainment.

Juliette Collier, Joint National Director at Campaign for Learning, said:

Campaign for Learning is committed to promoting and advancing learning to help learners of all ages to achieve their full potential. We are delighted that one of the first pieces of work we will do as part of the NCFE family, is to support Learning Unlimited in this vital area. Programmes like Family Skills can instil the value of learning into the heart of family life and inspire a love of lifelong learning which helps young people get on in their lives and careers.

Karen Dudley, ESOL specialist, project manager and Director at Learning Unlimited, said:

Learning Unlimited is delighted to have the opportunity to further develop and roll out the Family Skills programme for 'What Works in Children's Social Care' working in close partnership with Campaign for Learning.

“We will be publicising how schools and families nationally can get involved later in the summer. In the meantime, we’d advise anyone who would like to be involved in the project to get in touch with us.

Michael Sanders, Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care, said:

We’re excited to be able to continue our work at the confluence of social care and education, trying to help build an evidence base around what works, where, and for whom. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues around the country to deliver these promising interventions at a larger scale.

For more information about the Family Skills programme, visit