17th October 2003





A unique scheme which shows parents how to help their children with their school work celebrates its fourth successful year next month.


‘Parents and Children Working Together’ is a pioneering project run at the University of Lincoln in Hull.


This year a record 100 parents have passed the ‘Learning to Learn’ course, bringing the total number over the past four years to 243.


Parents, children and staff from the project will get together at 7pm on Tuesday 4th November for an awards evening at the Derek Crothall Building on George Street.


Professor Peter Arnold, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, will present certificates to all the parents who have successfully completed the course this year.


And he will make a special presentation to mother-of-four Susan Moon, who enrolled on the pilot course four years ago and who has now completed a diploma in IT and has gone on to gain a teaching qualification (see separate case study).


Parents and Children Working Together works with parents, grandparents and carers of primary aged children to encourage them back into formal education. The course builds confidence and self-esteem by addressing some of the barriers to learning experienced by non-traditional learners.


“The scheme aims to help parents to help their children with school work, but it’s actually been a springboard for the parents themselves,” said project officer Kay Jarvis, who returned to education herself by studying for a degree at the Open University.


“The children benefit from the extra help at home and the scheme has proven to be quite liberating for the parents as well. Some have got jobs and some have enriched their lives in other ways by doing voluntary work in the community or in their children’s schools.


“The parents on the course find that they can become involved in their children’s education, make learning fun, build learning into the home environment and make an impact on their children’s lives.”


The project now works with eight Hull primary schools - Estcourt, Parkstone, Mersey, Broadacre, The Dales, Fifth Avenue and Westcott – and Malet Lambert School.


A new book about the project called ‘Parents First’ by Kay Jarvis and Garry Burnett of Malet Lambert School is due to be published in March 2004.




When Susan Moon read a letter from her children’s head teacher inviting her to enrol on a new course she didn’t give it too much thought.


She certainly didn’t imagine that four years later she would have gained a diploma in Information Technology and a teaching qualification to boot!


Susan (40), of Newbridge Road in Hull, left school at 16 and is now busy raising four children: Kelly (14), Shaun (12), Scott (11) and Natalie (8).


She had never given a thought to returning to education, but the ‘Learning to Learn’ course being run by the University of Lincoln at her children’s primary school appealed to her.


“Ordinarily I’d have laughed if anyone had suggested I’d be going back to college, but ‘Learning to Learn’ really built my confidence and inspired me to go on and do other things,” she says.


After completing the ‘Learning to Learn’ course Susan studied achieved a diploma in Information Technology at Hull College and is now qualified to teach in adult education.


“If I hadn’t been on the ‘Learning to Learn’ course I definitely wouldn’t have gone to Hull College,” she says.


“The parents who take the course end up feeling that they can make a difference with their children, whereas before they were worried that they didn’t understand how to help their kids with their school work.


“The course really builds your confidence and has a knock-on effect with your children. You can help your kids in school and raise both your aspirations and your kids’ aspirations. I’d highly recommend it.”


Susan will receive a special award at the Parents and Children Working Together ceremony  at 7pm on Tuesday 4th November at the Derek Crothall Building on George Street.


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Caption: Susan Moon (left) shows off her new qualifications to Kay Jarvis, project officer for Parents and Children Working Together, outside the Derek Crothall Building on George Street.


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University of Lincoln

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