Family learning:

  • Is any learning that includes more than one generation of a family (including the wider family and carers and guardians)
  • has clear learning outcomes for both children and parents
  • can be formal or informal – eg six-week family literacy course or a family fun day

Why is it important?

Learning as a family helps us to become confident, lifelong learners. It enables families to learn in a relaxed and 'fun' atmosphere, helping to reinforce learning at home.

It impacts on children …

It helps children develop essential skills and achieve at school. Family Learning can lead to improvements in children's behaviour and attainment. Children whose parents support their learning do better at school and in later life. (xxxResearch linkxxx) 

It has positive impacts on adults too …

It helps parents to reconnect to learning and transform their lives. Family learning allows parents to find out how their children learn and understand how to support them better. Family learning offers a chance for adults that might be disengaged from learning to step back onto the learning ladder – often because they are motivated by wanting to help their children. The Every Child Matters document states that not only do family Learning programmes deliver lasting improvements for both children and adults they encourage parents to go on to further training.

It makes a difference to the wider community ...

Family Learning helps to develop a learning community to support your school. It can also improve attendance and behaviour. Family learning can help families tackle disadvantage and improve their life chances.