Family Programmes: Guidance for Local Learning and Skills Councils and Local Education Authorities

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Learning and Skills Council, February 2004

Family Programmes cover two strands: family literacy, language numeracy (also known as FLLN) and wider family learning. Family provision is part of the adult and community learning budget offered by Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs) to local education authorities (LEAs) and should be included in the LEAs' Three-Year Development Plan.


Family learning programmes

These are specifically designed to enable adults and children to learn together, or to support parents and carers to learn how to support their children's learning. They may include elements of basic skills learning, but this should not be the prime focus. The guidance quotes the NIACE evaluation of LSC-funded family programmes, which recommends that family learning fits within a wider strategic framework. This framework should link with key national and local priorities, and involve a high level of partnership working with other organisations (for example schools, colleges and the voluntary sector) to engage learners, provide quality provision and to enable progression to other courses.

Family literacy, language and numeracy

These programmes are specifically aimed at helping parents improve these skills, to better equip them to help their children; the children are also helped to improve their skills. There are an expanded number of approved family literacy, language and numeracy courses for 2004/05. These include:

Taster courses

Combined family literacy and numeracy workshop for parents with children aged 5+

Introductory programmes

Short programmes

Intensive programmes

Combined Family Literacy and/or Language and/or Numeracy (as above)


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