Clare Family Learning Project

Autumn Newsletter 2016


Useful research and resources



The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8

A Focus on Literacy and Math Achievement Outcomes and Social-Emotional Skills

Frances L. Van Voorhis, Michelle F. Maier, Joyce L. Epstein, Chrishana M. Lloyd

with Therese Leung. October 2013


Key Findings

• Family involvement is important for young children’s literacy and math skills. The majority of studies, including some randomized control trials (RCTs), demonstrate this positive link. A few studies show positive relations with social-emotional skills. The weakest association was between family involvement at school and children’s outcomes.

• Parents from diverse backgrounds, when given direction, can become more engaged with their children. And when parents are more engaged, children tend to do better.

• This review also provides recommendations for additional lines of inquiry and implications to guide next steps in both research and practice. While there is still more to learn about how to connect with and support caretakers’ efforts to promote children’s learning, what we already know from extant research can help guide this process. Accessed 13/07/16


Online Resources:

NALA have shared information on Encyclopaedia Britannica online for schools and you can access it through Scoilnet at:

You can select three levels – foundation, intermediate and advanced and this determines the level of information.  There is audio on all the text and images and videos for some articles.

See these articles to get an idea of how it works:

• Mary Robinson:

• Nelson Mandela:

• Koala bear:

• Spain:


Digital World

• Pokémon Go TM is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters). It's one of the first popular games to use "augmented reality" - a kind of cross between real life and an online world. The NSPCC website will take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.

• Visit:   Accessed 22/09/16

Literacy Apps

• The National Literacy Trust has launched an exciting online app guide for parents. Using a quality framework, it recommends the best apps to support the early language and communication skills of children under five. Guidance on choosing apps is also available to parents on the website.

• Visit:   Accessed 22/09/16

Supporting Primary School Children

• Good online resources matched to Primary School Class Curriculum


• View maths support at



New CAO Points system explained:

• Very good PowerPoint explaining the new Points System at Leaving Cert.

• One page sheet with key information on new Points system 2017:


Teaching and Testing the Language Skills of First and Second Language Speakers     Philida Schellekens 2011     Produced for Cambridge ESOL


 “There is anecdotal evidence that a substantial proportion of learners opt out of learning English because they feel stuck in the same level. Or providers are under pressure to exclude learners because the lack of achievement makes them an unattractive funding proposition.” Pg. 18

“These indicate that it takes on average 1765 hours of learning for learners (including a proportion of learners with no literacy skills in the first language) to progress from pure beginner level to the point where they can undertake study of another subject or take on a job with routine communication requirements.” Pg.18