LAL Head of Curriculum lands coveted mentoring role with National Family Learning Forum

One of Lancashire Adult Learning’s Heads of Curriculum has landed a sought after position as a mentor with the National Family Learning Forum.

Nicola Hall, who oversees Family Learning at LAL, has landed the coveted role funded by the Department for Education and is one of only three people to be selected nationally.

Nicola’s role on the Family Learning Future Leadership and Management Development programme will see her working to build on the knowledge and skills of adult education staff who are currently involved in managing Family Learning provision, helping to broaden their experience of strategic management.

Nicola said: “I’m extremely excited, thrilled and privileged to have been selected to develop the skills and knowledge of future leaders in the adult education sector.

“I have been asked to join the National Family Learning Forum and will be part of the team that steers the direction of Family Learning at a national level. I have been appointed as a mentor for a member of staff from the Family Learning team at Sheffield City Council.

“This is an initially a pilot and I was one of only three people to be selected from across the country. Family Learning is crucial to engaging parents in improving their children’s attainment.”

Lancashire Adult Learning’s Family Learning team works with 270 target schools across the county where Key Stage 2 attainment is less than the national average and/or the number of children eligible for free school meals is greater than national average.

Some of the diverse topics of learning delivered by the Family Learning team include Fun with Phonics, Magic Maths, Coding, Lego Robotics, Science Spectacular, Family Wellbeing, Healthy Eating and Engineering Schools.

The provision is extremely effective too, as 99% of parents on family learning courses reported that their child is now doing better at school and 98% of children’s behaviour improved as a result of parents’ attendance on wider family learning courses.

As well as Lancashire Adult Learning’s other key targeted areas including ICT and Digital Inclusion, Employability, Health and Wellbeing and Preparation for Life (Functional Skills English, Maths and ESOL), it also offers an extensive range of engaging and interesting lifelong learning courses through its publicly advertised programme. These include Arts and Crafts and Humanities classes, Languages and Health and Wellbeing sessions and Employability courses.

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