25th May 2000

 

PARENTS TO GRADUATE FROM UNI SCHEME

 

Hull parents who took part in an initiative to improve their prospects and those of their children will graduate in a special ceremony at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in July.

 

More than half of the parents who joined the Parents and Children Working Together project first run at Estcourt Primary School last year are now going on to further education, including computer and  book-keeping courses.

 

Project worker Kay Jarvis will see all 19 of her ‘pupils’ graduate from the ‘Learning to Learn’ course on 11th July when they will receive official recognition for their hard work on the computer-based programmes held at Estcourt and Endike schools in Hull.

 

The next stage for project officer Kay Jarvis and managers Christine Sutcliffe and Joe Waller, who all work in the university’s Department of Applied Social Science and Social Work, is to train some of the graduates to co-deliver the practical side of the programme so they can extend ‘Learning to Learn’ to other parents within their schools.

 

Partners and their children will be invited to July’s graduation ceremony to witness their achievement in getting back into education.

 

“The children will see their mums and dads receiving their awards, which will help raise their own aspirations,” said Kay. “The parents have proved it’s never too late to learn, and that education is a positive experience.”

 

Christine Sutcliffe and head of department Don Blackburn visited Portugal in March to share ideas and report on their findings so far. The scheme has become part of the Leonardo Project involving four countries: the UK, Ireland, France and Portugal.

 

For more information on the project ring Kay Jarvis on 01482 464418.

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Sam Hendley, Press Officer (01522 886042).