14th March 2005




An education expert from Hull is hoping to win a national award for a book which helps parents to help their children to learn.


Kay Jarvis of the Hull School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln,

co-wrote ‘Parents First’ with Garry Burnett from Malet Lambert School.


Now Kay and Garry are to attend a black tie dinner and awards ceremony at Villa Park in Birmingham to find out if their book has won an Education Resources Award.


‘Parents First’, which was published a year ago by Crown House Publishing, is a spin-off from the ‘Learning to Learn’ course which Kay has been running at the University of Lincoln in Hull for five years.


It has been shortlisted in the secondary schools category.


“‘Parents First’ is about confidence-building and communication skills coupled with practical strategies, spelling strategies and memory techniques,” says Kay.


“Government research backs up the principles of the course, showing that parental involvement in a child’s learning when the child is aged between seven and 16 is a more powerful force than family background, family size and parental education.


“Whether we win or not it is quite an achievement to have our work recognised within the first year of publication.”


Now in their eighth year, the Education Resources Awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession.


The awards are organised by Highbury-Nexus, publishers of Education Resources and Management magazine, and the British Educational Suppliers Association.

The award winners will be announced on Friday evening (18th March) at a gala event to be hosted by a surprise celebrity compere in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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