Robin Hood School

Together with the National Family Learning Forum, the Learning and Work Institute is a leader in the area of Family Learning, referring to any learning activity that involves both children and adult family members, where learning outcomes are intended for both, contributing to a culture of learning in the family.

Our independent Inquiry into Family Learning in England and Wales has had a major impact in highlighting this area of work to policy makers, funders and schools. The Inquiry’s report – Family Learning Works – recommends that all schools should include family learning programmes to increase children’s levels of attainment at school, to prepare them for the rapidly changing labour market, and to help secure a prolonged economic recovery.

This year, we were supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop, pilot and evaluate Wider Family Learning models which would increase the employability of parents/carers whilst also equipping them to support their children’s learning and development. Watch the video below to learn about the different approaches taken by the pilots and the resulting benefits for their learners. You can also download and read the final evaluation report.


Over the last 12 months, we’ve delivered training sessions and developed a guide for head teachers and school governors to show why they should invest their Pupil Premium in Family Learning. The sessions successfully brought together schools and adult learning providers and encouraged them to work together to fund and deliver provision which achieves strong outcomes for disadvantaged families. You can download and read the Pupil Premium and Family Learning guide here.

We recently worked with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on a two year programme to develop and pilot new and engaging ways of delivering Family Numeracy programmes. The six pilots, five in England and one in Wales, worked in partnership with a community organisation in order to engage new learners, using new technologies to target families that are hardest to reach with the lowest levels of numeracy skills. You can find more information about the pilot approaches, including teaching and learning resources, on our dedicated New Models for Family Numeracy website.

We’ve also produced Family Learning resources in collaboration with CBeebies, the BBC’s flagship television station and online facility for young children. Our ten downloadable modules include session plans and resources for Early Years and Family Learning practitioners, which can be used as a stand-alone course or flexibly as part of other sessions.