Skills for Families

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What was Skills for Families?

Skills for Families was a joint initiative between the Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit and Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs), delivered by a consortium led by the Basic Skills Agency between March 2003 and July 2005. Its aim was to develop a coherent, cross-agency approach to area-wide programmes for families, including the development of new programmes to improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of parents or carers and their children. It hoped to improve connections between schools, local authorities and the post-16 sector.

In April 2003, 12 partnerships across all nine English regions were established to lead regional family programmes, which were accompanied by training, support and evaluation. The project was expanded for one year from August 2004, and 19 key LEA and LSC partnerships were chosen for this second phase, which focused on:

Areas involved in Skills for Families

North West: Knowsley, Wirral, Cheshire (phase one), Oldham (phase two)

North East: Newscastle and South Tyneside, North Tyneside (phase two), Sunderland (phase two), Gateshead (phase two)

Yorkshire and Humberside: Wakefield, York (phase two),

East Midlands: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire (phase two)

West Midlands: Coventry, Warwickshire (phase two)

East of England: Suffolk, Southend (phase two)

London: Croydon, Tower Hamlets (phase two)

South East: West Susssex, Portsmouth and Hampshire, Oxfordshire (phase two)

South West: Gloucestershire, Cornwall (phase two)


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