Family Skills

fkillsThe Family Skills project is being led by Learning Unlimited working in close partnership with the Campaign for Learning and the UCL Institute of Education. It is being delivered across England by 14 expert local delivery partner organisations working with 140 primary schools. The project is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation [EEF] with The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, and independently evaluated by NatCen Social Research. You can find out more about the evaluation of Family Skills at

What is the Family Skills project?

Family Skills is focusing on parental engagement to help improve the literacy skills of reception class pupils with EAL. Parents and carers will develop their own literacy and language (ESOL) skills on a 30-hour Family Literacy programme which aims to enable them to increase their skills and confidence in supporting their child’s literacy  at home.

The Family Skills literacy programme includes an introduction to education in England and the culture of schools, reading strategies, home literacy practices, oral traditions (including storytelling, songs and rhymes), phonics, learning through play, and making the most of bilingualism.

Family Skills courses in action

Family Skills courses in action

Photographs of some of the Family Skills courses that took ...
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Family Skills toolkit

The Family Skills toolkit was developed by skilled and qualified Family Learning tutors working in primary school settings. It provides session plans, resources, and activities for a 30 hour Family Literacy course – a digital copy of the toolkit can be requested by following the link below.

Request a copy of the Family Skills toolkit

Request a copy of the Family Skills toolkit

The Family Skills course includes content on making the most of bilingualism, oral traditions, home ...
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What is the independent evaluation?

The evaluation will investigate the impact of the Family Skills programme and explore how  it is working in practice, key barriers and challenges,   facilitators to delivery and the mechanisms through which the programme brings about change (or otherwise).

The evaluation will involve 140 schools. Half of these schools will be selected as ‘intervention schools’ and receive the Family Skills programme from January to April 2017. The other participating schools will run ‘business as usual’ and form the control group for the evaluation. These ‘control’ schools will receive £1000 for participating in all aspects of the evaluation.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the Family Skills programme, please contact Karen Dudley on  / 020 7911 5562.