Family Learning Programme

Sutton College Family Learning Programmes


Please find below information for schools, Children’s Centres, libraries and other partners who may be interested in working together to promote Family Learning in the local area.

Programmes are flexible both in length and breadth of subject. Course titles have been suggested below but can be tailored to the needs of your families.

Priority will be given to partners in areas of high deprivation and/or to those who plan to engage our target families (including less confident learners, those with lower levels of literacy and numeracy skills, EAL families, lone parents, parent /child with disabilities and/or additional needs and families on low incomes).


Family English, Maths and Language (English as an Additional Language)

‘Keeping up with the Children’

Helps parents and carers to support their children’s English, maths and language by:

  • Providing information about what and how their children are learning and sharing ideas for activities to do at home
  • Improving the English, language, maths and IT skills of parents/carers and their children
  • Providing opportunities for learners to work towards accreditation and national qualifications on some courses with signposting to further progression and Sutton College courses

Enjoy English / Love Literacy

Aimed at parents/carers of KS1, KS2 or KS3 children to:

  • Learn how their child learns English at school & improve their own English skills
  • Learn/create some English Literacy games and activities to play at home

Little Learners (EYFS) English and/or Maths

Aimed at parents/grandparents or carers with under 5s to:

  • Explore how your child learns and develop fun activities to help learning at home
  • Improve your own English and/or maths skills

Little Learners (EYFS) Rhyme, Make & Play 

Aimed at parents/ carers with under-5s to:

  • Learn how popular children’s songs, poems and nursery rhymes can help with phonics and literacy
  • Build their own knowledge and confidence in phonics and literacy
  • Try out ideas for crafts and games to play with their child, to support their learning in school and at home

Creative Writing for Parents’ and Carers’ Wellbeing

  • Try out ideas for writing poems, stories and drama
  • Safe and supportive classes
  • Suitable for all levels, including beginners

‘Wow words: Family English and Supporting your Child’

This course is suitable both as progression for families who have attended the ‘Enjoy English/Love Literacy ‘course as well as a stand-alone course for new families.

Family: Fantastic Phonics Workshop

Helps parents/ carers to support their children’s phonic development by:

  • Providing information about how their children are learning phonics and share activities to support their learning
  • Understanding the importance of phonics in reading and writing
  • Providing information regarding the statutory Phonics Screening Test undertaken by all children at the end of Year 1.

English Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Test (KS1 SATs) Workshop

Helps parents and carers to support their children’s preparation for the KS1 SATs in English held in Year 2 by:

  • Providing information about the format, content and assessment of the KS1 SATs
  • Sharing ideas for activities to do at home to help their children prepare for the English KS1 tests.

English Key Stage 2 National Curriculum (KS2 SATs) Workshop

Helps parents and carers to support their children’s preparation for the KS2 SATs in English held in Year 6; Content as above.

Transition from Nursery to Primary School/ Primary to Secondary School: Literacy Workshop

These courses help parents and carers to support their children’s transition in terms of literacy by:

  • Ensuring parents understand and can help their children through the process of transition
  • Familiarising parents with the new setting and English curriculum
  • Giving parents insight into their children’s English timetable, assessment and approach to homework
  • Helping parents to support their children’s literacy both at home and at school.


Maths courses are aimed at parents/carers KS1, KS2 or KS3 children:

  • Learn how their child learns maths at school and improve their own maths skills
  • Learn/create some maths games and activities to play at home

Maths courses/workshops include ‘Mathstastics: ‘How to improve your Child’s Maths’ and ‘Fun with Numbers’,

Money Smart

  • Designed to build financial capability and support parents and KS1, KS2 children to develop positive money habits.

Family Language (English as an Additional Language)

Family Language courses are aimed at EAL parents/ carers of EYFS, KS1, KS2 or KS3 children:

  • Understand how their child learns
  • Learn some language relating to the school system
  • Improve their own English Language skills

Language Courses include: ‘Family: English language-communication-support your child’, ‘Keeping up with the Grandchildren: Fun games and books’; ‘Family Language, Arts and Crafts’

One Step Ahead, Employability Course

This is a 4 week course, aimed at gaining skills that will assist with employment. A short part of the session can also be used to promote family literacy at home. Sessions cover:

  • Create a CV
  • Interview techniques
  • Application form filling & letter writing

Keeping your child safe online

Available as a workshop or short course for parents/carers only

Tailored to KS1, KS2 or KS3 children:

  • Recognise and understand the dangers for their child online
  • Identify a range of ways of keeping them safe
  • Develop an action plan – what to do if things go wrong
  • Receive guidance on useful resources


Accredited Courses:

Online Basics

Offers parents/carers an opportunity to begin their digital journey. This easy to follow, step by step 10 hour course, will guide them through the very basics of using computers. Sessions cover the use of simple tools and techniques to:

  • Find information on the internet
  • Use email to communicate.

Internet Safety

This 10 hour course will assist parents and carers with their family’s online safety. It covers:

  • The basic essentials of keeping safe online.
  • Understanding the risks
  • Advice on how to take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and protect their data.

Accredited work skills course Level 1 (BTEC)

This 8 to 10 hour course enables learners to build a portfolio of tasks/assignments to gain the award

  • Searching for a Job
  • Applying for a Job
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Working in a Team (optional)

ESOL Reading and Writing courses

A 30-hour accredited course focussing on either reading and/or writing skills.

This is available at various levels. A pre-course assessment will be necessary to determine the starting level.

Classes can be run once or twice weekly as required.

Portfolio based English and Maths awards

12 week accredited City and Guilds courses are available. Details by request.

Wider Family Learning Courses:

Provide a wealth of easily managed activities which are not costly to share at home to encourage learning and development.

  • Intended for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their children to learn together in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge of both the family adults and child participants.
  • Enable parents/carers to learn how to support their children’s learning, understand the impact of that support and develop their skills and knowledge.
  • All courses have signposting to further family and mainstream courses

Wider family learning courses include:

  • How safe is your home?
  • Positive Parenting: Tips for Toddlers
  • Encouraging children to eat/fussy eaters
  • Creative Dance Workshop
  • Flamenco Song and Dance
  • Family Resilience
  • Everyday Family First Aid
  • Arts and Crafts from around the world
  • Sensory play activities for babies and young children
  • Spanish for the Family
  • Playtime with your child workshops
  • Baby Signing and Toddler Signing
  • Toddler Sing, Sign and Music
  • Relaxation Techniques for Mums/Dads and Children
  • Design and Make Your Own Jewellery

Pupil Premium

The Government continues to fund Family Learning but this funding is a contribution not the full cost and funding guidance indicates that partners in Family Learning activity may be required to share the cost where appropriate; for schools who receive ‘Pupil Premium Grants’; we would like to suggest a voluntary contribution of £10 per hour towards the tutor salary. (It does not include on-costs and administration costs and schools will not be asked to contribute towards this.)

In addition a small number of courses may also be open to non-priority schools and settings where a charge for delivery will be made; this will provide further financial contribution to support all Family Learning activities across the Borough.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with enquiries or ideas for new projects that you would like to get started.

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Thank you in advance for your continuing support and partnership

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