Family literacy, language and numeracy programmes
‘For some families, issues with numeracy, literacy or other basic skills can act as barriers to parents supporting their children’s learning . . . Family learning programmes have been shown to deliver lasting improvements in literacy, numeracy and language skills in both children and their parents. They also boost parents’ involvement in their children’s learning, encourage parents to go on to further training and can re-connect them with schools they might previously have been wary of.’
(Every Child Matters, 2007, DfES)
FLLN programmes are run across England to offer parents, carers and children the chance to improve their literacy, language and numeracy skills in safe, welcoming environments.
Family Learning (FLLN and WFL) is a strand of the broader Skills for Life Support Programme (SfLSP) which offers a cohesive programme to enable quality improvement and increase organisational capacity for self improvement. Other elements of the Programme include a whole organisation approach to embedding LLN, action research and development projects, support for large employers, teacher training action research and development projects, workforce development and developing approaches to ESOL.
FLLN builds on the work of other successful programmes such as the Skills for Life Improvement Programme, Move On and Extending the Reach and Improving Quality in Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy (ERIQ).
Full details of the Support Programme are available on the programme website www.excellencegateway.org.uk/sflsp.
The first phase of the programme is available from September 2009 to March 2010, and is delivered on behalf of LSIS by CfBT Education Trust and a consortium of national partners. The Family Learning strand is being delivered by NIACE.
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has launched a new programme of activity to support the extension, reach and quality of family literacy, language and numeracy. This activity is underpinned by key government policies. The latest development work for these projects focuses on Family Numeracy, Financial Capability, Digital Families and Wider Family Learning, in order to support providers in receipt of Family Learning Impact Funding.
‘There are clear links between skills and wider social outcomes such as health, crime and social cohesion. Skills have important impacts on financial capability, helping households to manage the family finances and family life, enabling parents to help their children with their homework.’
(Leitch Review of Skills Final Report, December 2006)