Ethnic minority and English as an additional language

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Rochdale's Partnership Education Project has three strands. It involves a team of family literacy workers in schools, a learning support team working with families with pre-school children, and a team of three literacy teachers. The family literacy workers are based in nine primary schools in Rochdale. All are bilingual and work with families and schools to increase parents' involvement in their children's learning.

The learning support team workers are seconded from Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Rochdale Healthcare Trust, and the voluntary sector (Barnado's and the Children's Society). They operate in a number of settings including baby clinics, playgroups and community centres; and work with parents and pre-school children. This work includes a Bilingual Bookstart project for babies at 7 to 12 months. The Middleton Literacy Project provides extra teachers for three primary schools. They will be trained in Reading Recovery methods and also work alongside parents and the community to improve literacy standards. It is hoped to include a Bookstart project for babies. More Rochdale projects

In Birmingham,The Nelson Mandela Community Primary School runs a family literacy project. The target population arises mainly from Pakistani and Bengali parents whose children attend the school. The project emphasises the role of parents as educators. It also capitalises on the role of older siblings as potential tutors. To encourage this, the school holds award ceremonies during whole school assembly at which certificates are presented to mark the level of proficiency achieved by younger siblings.

The English Language Support Team (Warrington), ran a parent-child language project which encouraged mainly Muslim mothers with pre-school children to attend a local community centre once a week to foster language, play and social skills. ESOL tutors from Warrington Collegiate Institute and NACRO offer support.

In London, The City Literary Institute Parent Education Unit, The Centre for Language in Primary Education (CLPE) and The Language and Literacy Unit have set up projects involving Parents and Children Together (PACT). The projects have developed in three ways: book-making for parents with their children; training sessions for parents; and counselling/advice sessions for parents on issues relating to their own or their children's education. New initiatives include Caribbean Writers in Residence programmes, and working with siblings in schools.

The Oxford City ESOL Project runs a family literacy project in partnership with East Oxford First School. The focus of the project is on pre-literacy and beginning literacy skills, for a group of mothers who have had very little or no experience of schooling in their country and therefore little or no literacy skills in their mother tongue. The mothers acquire literacy skills in English alongside their children.

Evesham Open Access Project - Family literacy need not be with older children, it can be with mothers from birth onwards. Evesham Open Access Centre is involved in a project with Wallace House Community Centre, called Partners in Learning. The course targets expectant mothers and mothers with young children. It aims to give these parents ideas about educating their children from birth onwards. The women are also improving their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as learning ways to stimulate young children.

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