Learning Families Project
Learning Families Project successfully concluded
Transnational Learning Families Project promoting parental engagement to support children’s learning has now concluded.
Grateful thanks to the European Commission and our national agency for granting the application, and to all our partners for their support and encouragement both during the application process and through the life of the project.
More information on the project below. Activities supported and encouraged through the partnership will be continuing, and there will also be regular updates on the website.
About the Learning Families Project
The project targeted school children from educationally, socially or economically disadvantaged background, at risk of early school leaving because their parents are not able to support their education or provide encouragement and motivation.
Parental support is vital in promoting educational achievement. But there are many reasons why parents may not be able to help their children to achieve their full potential; from long working hours and caring responsibilities to low income, poor housing, language difficulties and unfamiliarity with the education system.
The project focused on tested family learning activities, in non-formal environments outside normal school times. Each project partner worked with young people and parents to design and deliver family learning in selected schools, and to create a Training and Resource pack applicable in all settings nationally and across Europe.
It’s a strategic approach based on research and experience, successfully delivering a range of out of hours activities helping parents/carers to:
- Get to know the school and its staff without feeling intimidated
- Understand how the education system works
- Develop a positive outlook about their children’s future
- Gain confidence to help and encourage their children
- Improve communication with their children and enjoy quality time
For schools, local authorities, policy-makers and NGOs
A range of innovative measures to help create strategies for effective parental involvement in their children’s learning – as opposed to approaches at individual level often dependent on school and teacher goodwill, a common experience in partner countries.
And a tried and tested menu of activities that have worked effectively in engaging hard to reach parents, transferable across all settings and deliverable using school staff or volunteers without having to use external providers.
The Learning Families project was developed by coordinating partner Every Child an Achiever and submitted in collaboration with lead partner the Selby Trust. Other partners were selected from networks we have cultivated over the years on the basis of their experience, commitment to project aims and to the Erasmus+ priorities.
Selby Trust (Lead partner, applicant), UK
Every Child an Achiever Network (coordinating partner), UK
Fundatia EuroEd, Romania
Krakowski Centrum Zarzadzania, Poland
Foundation for the Development of the Cultural BPOCS, Bulgaria
Instituto Comprehensivo P. EGIDI, Italy