LAL promotes the benefits of Family Learning in Preston schools at successful partnership event

Lancashire Adult Learning has successfully held a Family Learning partnership event in the stunning surroundings of Preston’s Harris Museum.

The event was held to promote LAL’s extensive and free Family Learning services and on the day over 30 primary schools from Preston and surrounding areas joined LAL staff and partner organisations including Preston City Council and The Harris Museum.

Schools were able to understand how the Family Learning Team at LAL can work with parents, to raise aspirations and develop their skills while increasing the attainment of their children. Attendees were able to hear from other schools about the impact Family Learning has on children’s outcomes and the strategies used to help engage with families.

LAL’s Family Learning provision is extremely effective – 99% of children whose parents attend Family Maths and Family English improve their attainment at school and 98% of children’s behaviour has improved because of parents’ attending family learning courses.

One of those schools benefiting from a positive relationship with LAL is Cherry Fold Community Primary School in Burnley, and the school’s Family Liaison Officer Joanna Heys jumped at the chance to travel across to Preston to speak at the event.

Joanna said: “I was honoured to be asked to be an Ambassador for Family Learning and speak about the wonderful partnership I and Cherry Fold have with Lancashire Adult Learning. Since March, LAL has run eight Family Learning sessions in school and all have had maximum attendance.

“Family Learning is about encouraging parents to spend quality time with their children, have fun and go away with a sense of belonging. It benefits the wider learning community through promoting change and empowering individuals and communities, and in our experience it has only been hugely positive.”

Helen Usher, Community Cohesion Leader at Deepdale Community Primary School, said: “We have worked with Lancashire Adult Learning for a number of years and the Family Learning courses at the school have been brilliant, running right across the curriculum – Lego Robotics, Fun with Phonics, Fun with Maths and ICT, Arts and Crafts, and ESOL to name a few.

“It has also been beneficial as it has increased engagement with parents and at least five teaching assistants now working at the school came into school originally though Family Learning courses with Lancashire Adult Learning.”

Kirstin Tomlinson, Learning Mentor at Eldon Primary School in Preston, added: “Our partnership with LAL has been a great success as a good number of parents wanted to do the Family Learning courses held here in school.

“It has also allowed us to build up and grow relationships with the parents of children at the school. Now that links have been established with parents, they have the confidence and feel comfortable coming into school to approach us with any concerns and ask questions about their children’s education which is a great result.”

Nicola Hall, Head of Curriculum at Lancashire Adult Learning, said: “We were delighted to be able to promote our fantastic Family Learning offer in Preston to support raising aspirations and attainment in the city’s schools. I would like to thank everybody who attended who helped make it a successful event.

“The Family Learning team at LAL currently works with over 200 primary schools throughout Lancashire and last year we worked with 2,750 parents. This year we have worked with over 3,000 parents – taking learning into the communities where it is needed most and where we can be most effective to deliver positive change.”

If you would like to find out more about LAL’s Family Learning team and the tailored provision the team delivers in schools across the county, please contact Nicola Hall on or Kathryn Taylor on

In February, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year winner at the Tes FE Awards.

As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.

For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit

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