The Family Skills project has released a Family Skills Toolkit which will assist parents and carers who are speakers of other languages to engage with their children’s learning and acquisition of English language literacy skills, with a particular focus on reading skills. The project brought together several well-known partners, including Learning Unlimited, Campaign for Learning and the UCL Institute for Education and was made possible thanks to a grant from the Education Endowment Philanthropy, Unbound Philanthropy and The Bell Foundation.
The toolkit is comprised of resources, activities and session plans that contribute to a 30 hour Family Literacy course. The course is specifically designed to be used by parents and carers who are still building their own ESOL skills, so those interested in obtaining a copy should not be put off if they feel they lack confidence with their English language skills.
The kit is organised into a ‘Getting ready’ section that helps to prepare parents and carers for engaging with children and supporting their learning journey. The course content is divided into sessions, including:
- Benefits of bilingualism
- Reading and phonics (1, 2 and 3)
- Home literacy
- Primary education
- Learning through play
There are a total of 11 weekly sessions included, as well as information of visits and talks to libraries and schools. The benefits of using phonics to teach children will be explored – phonics focus on the sounds of words and how these relate to spelling.
Images of real work completed by children and their parents and/or carers are included on some of the pages within the resource, which helps to demonstrate what each session aims to achieve and acts as a guidance aid.
For more information about the Family Skills Toolkit, please visit the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) website to request a copy.