15th March 2002

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUCCESS

 

An award-winning university project to encourage Hull parents back into education is now successfully expanding to work with schools in the East Riding.

 

The Parents and Children Working Together scheme was initially set up by Kay Jarvis at the University of Lincoln on Cottingham Road, to encourage Hull parents to return to education and to address barriers to education experienced by non-traditional learners.

 

Since then, however, the success of the ‘Learning to Learn’ course has meant pilot schemes have been undertaken in the East Riding and the course is expanding to reach parents and guardians of secondary school children.

 

Having received external funding from the Widening Participation Project pilot courses have been successfully completed by parents of children at St Nicholas' Primary School in Beverley and Withernsea Infants School.

 

“The scheme has been so effective in the East Riding that the Rural Action Zone has offered funds to run the project for a further year in schools in other areas and within outreach groups,” commented Kay.

 

“In addition a pilot is about to be launched for the first time in a secondary school, the Malet Lambert School in Hull.”

 

Further expansions to the scheme will see Kay working with the Director of Learning Development at Malet Lambert School Language College, Garry Burnett, to develop a follow-up course to aid parents who wish to work with their children on effective study skills that include areas such as ‘effective thinking’ and ‘memory techniques’.

 

“We have also been asked to publish our materials to assist parents in supporting their children's learning and we will be working on three joint publications,” added Kay. 

 

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For more information contact: Anna Godley, Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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