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.

Sutton College Family Learning aims to primarily recruit the less confident learners and family adults who do not have a maths and/or English GCSE A*-C grade.

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

It is requested that workshops are used to engage families, who are then encouraged to attend longer family learning courses.

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

Family English, maths and language (English as an Additional Language)

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

  • Providing information about what and how their children are learning & 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 5’s to:

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

Little Learners (EYFS) Rhyme, Make and 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

‘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 Primary to Secondary School Literacy Workshop

Helps parent and carers to support their children’s transition in terms of literacy from primary to secondary school 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 & 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’ ‘Fun with Numbers’, ‘Family Maths Treasure Hunt’

Money Smart

  • Designed to build financial capability and support parents & 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’

Family Science Workshops

Fun, hands-on science workshops are aimed at KS1, KS2 or KS3 and their parents/carers.

Workshops cover a variety of fascinating topics and aim to:

  • Increase science learning and vocabulary
  • Create a team-building environment
  • Enhance topics within the national curriculum

  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

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

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
  • 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
  • Music and Dance (Pre-school)
  • Relaxation Techniques for Mums/Dads and Children
  • Health, Skin & Nail Care
  • Fitness for the Family
  • Love food, save Money (embedded maths)
  • Family Pottery with fun Maths
  • Design and Make Your Own Jewellery
  • Encouraging children to eat/fussy eaters

If you would like your school, children’s centre or community venue to offer a family course, please complete the Course Request form.

Pupil Premium

The Government continues to fund Family Learning but this funding is a contribution not the full costs 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’, 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 in the Autumn Term.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support and partnership




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