Information about the Comenius Regio New Skills: Learning for Success Project.
This international project began in September 2013 with the aim of engaging parents in the education process. The organisations involved in the United Kingdom are St Oswald’s CE Primary, Litherland Moss Primary, Netherton Moss Primary and Cambridge Nursery & Children’s Centre all educational settings in the local authority of Sefton and part of the Horizon Network. The partner institution is Liverpool John Moores University.
In Poland the partner school is, Publiczna Szko?a Podstawowa number 17 in Radom and the Higher Education partner is Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom.
The focus for the engagement of parents was information technology as this now plays a major part in teaching and learning. After an initial launch visit by the Sefton representatives to Radom in November 2013 both countries embarked on their pr
ogramme of parent courses.
The courses have been a great success in both Radom and Sefton and the universities have supported the teachers in their research for appropriate hardware and software resources. The Higher Education Institutions have also gained valuable information in the strategies used for engaging parents which they can implement in their initial teacher training courses.
The project has funded the purchase of twenty iPad minis to deliver the parent courses in Sefton and these have engaged families in both after school and holiday courses. A benefit of the course in both countries has been the acquisition of expertise by the parents in the use of information technology enabling them to increase their employability skills.
The development of the courses has evolved during the lifetime of the project. A successful formula has been found whereby the IT family course becomes an integral part of a mixed range of after school “clubs” in which families can participate. Feedback from these courses had indicated that parents enjoy learning with their children and appreciate the range of opportunities which these after school clubs deliver. Baseline assessment data would also indicate that this has had a positive impact upon pupil language development.
Similarly our colleagues in Poland have found that their family courses have been welcomed by parents and pupils who have benefitted from school and home working together.
So it is hoped that this will be a successful model for future programmes in both Radom in Poland and Sefton in the UK. Similarly that the teachers of the future will develop skills in working with families so that the benefits of the New Skills: Learning for Success project continue to impact upon pupil progress for many years to come.
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Margaret F. Ellams – Sefton Coordinator for the Regio Project