Family Literacy

There is a good current overview of international Family Literacy work in A Literature Review of International Adult Literacy Policies. Prepared for NALA by the NRDC, Institute Of Education, London.  March 2011.

Taking Care of Family Literacy Work.
NALA. December 2010.  An enquiry with parents about their experiences of nurturing language and literacy in the home.

Family Literacy in Action: an overview of family learning programmes.
National Adult Literacy Agency, 2011.

This research provides an overview of family learning as it takes place in local communities of Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow and details the benefits of participation to the families involved. Edited by Tina Byrne, Research officer with NALA.

NALA Family Literacy Briefing Paper was published in September 2011. National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland

NALA has produced At home with family literacy A Study of Family Literacy Practices in Ireland. 2010.

Child Literacy and Social Inclusion: Implementation Issues Supplementary Report. 2009 Ireland.

Family literacy in Europe: using parental support initiatives to enhance early literacy development.
Parental support initiatives improve literacy of children according to new study. It concludes that involving families in literacy programmes is essential to increase the literacy levels of children and adults. There’s a useful 10 page summary of the 235 page report as well as the case studies including one on Clare Family Learning Project p.62 -72 in Appendices. Carpentieri, J., Fairfax-Cholmeley, K., Litster, J., Vorhaus, J. (2011) London: NRDC, Institute of Education. © 2011 NRDC, Institute Of Education, London.

Submission on Better Literacy and Numeracy for Children and Young People:
A draft plan to improve literacy and numeracy in schools (November 2010) National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland.
Toyota Family Literacy Program Research Project Meta Analysis of the Studies of High Performing Family Literacy Programs ©2013. National Center for Families Learning

The impact of family learning programmes on raising the literacy and numeracy levels of children and adults  published in May 2012 gives an overview of family learning programmes in Wales. It gives a set of recommendations. Wales.

Fathers Reading Every Day programme.
Results of an evaluation of outcomes and  impact for FRED by Simon Forrest and Trefor Lloyd. Boys Development Project. September 2014

National Family Learning Network UK

Overall, 12.5 per cent of respondents to NIACE’s 2013 Participation in Learning Survey reported that being involved in learning of various kinds had resulted in positive differences to their family relationships. Evidence gathered over a number of years has identified impacts for parents/carers as well as for children:

  • Sheffield City Council estimate that for every £1 spent on familylearning, there is a return on investment of £7.58.⁷
  • It also found that family learning can increase the overall level ofchildren’s development by up to 15 percentage points for those from disadvantaged groups. ⁸
  • Family learning can improve children’s reading age by the equivalent of six months. ⁹

There are lots of other key facts about parental involvement.

7 Sheffield City Council Adult and Family Learning, calculations towards an SROI analysis
8 Sheffield City Council, analysis of foundation stage pupil data, 2011-12
9 NRDC (2012) Family Learning: a review of the research literature. Leicester: NIACE.

An overview of family literacy can be found at Family Literacy: A Review of Programs and Critical Perspectives  by Margaret Caspe. June 2003. Harvard Family Research Project.

Effective and inclusive practices in family literacy, language and numeracy 2008
A UK-wide and international review of family literacy, language and numeracy (FLLN) programmes and practice, and a practitioners’ handbook for those involved in teaching and delivering such programmes. Centre for British Teachers.

FINE Newsletter, Volume VI, Issue 4 from Harvard Family Research Centre
Issue Topic: Around the Clock: The Power of Anytime Learning USA
Family learning An evaluation of the benefits of family learning for participants, their families and the wider community. 2009 UK.

Read the report on Evaluation of FL programmes in Scotland for information and ideas.

Family Learning Matters Topic Paper 3 – Free Download

Family learning to employment: Raising aspirations and gaining skills

Clare MeadePenny Lamb 2007

Family Learning to Employment: An activity sheet for family learning.
This contains ideas and an activity which can be used in family learning sessions to encourage discussion with learners on different progression and employment possibilities. Family learning providers are in a strong position to raise aspirations and to capitalize on the opportunities for progression for learners. National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education

A Staff Handbook for Family Learning County Dublin VEC (2003) have an informative handbook with information on setting up and running family learning programmes ‘The story so far…’. The County Co-ordinator of Literacy Services, Co. Dublin VEC.

On the Road, Journeys in Family Learning. Eds. Shan Rees, Foufou Savitzky, Attillah Malik. London Language and Literacy Unit. London: 2005

ViewPoints 15. Family Literacy ALBSU The Basic Skills Unit. Six articles on Family Literacy.

Preparing for Early Literacy Education with Parents. Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon, Eds. NES Arnold: 1997.

On Our Way. The Family Road to Literacy. Ruth Hayden and Maureen Sanders. Edmonton, Canada: 2004.