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Research has shown that families are the first and most important teachers.

Family Learning helps parents and carers gain confidence and skills to provide vital support for their children's development and wellbeing. We encourage families to engage better with schools and to feel more confident working and communicating with teachers. Our workshops explain the UK school curriculum and how children learn and develop. Family Learning helps parents raise children's attainment and provides a good foundation for an exciting learning journey.

Our workshops include: 

  • Maths in KS2 – calculations 
  • Maths in KS2 – reasoning 
  • ESOL for parents – pre-entry to entry 2 mixed ability 
  • Phonics in schools – what children learn and how to support your child
  • Everyday English for Parents New to the UK (EAL)
  • UK Schools
  • Family First aid
  • UK Phonics (for adults)
  • Art and craft making together
  • Maths for fun - make puzzles, 3D structures and toys while developing maths skills
  • Bookstart creations

All our workshops and courses are FREE. Check out some of our courses below. We deliver in schools, family hubs, libraries, WAES centres and at community events in Westminster.

Are you a parent or carer? Ask about us at your child’s school and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or for more information email communitylearning@waes.ac.uk with your contact details and the Community Team will get in touch with you.

Are you a school? Contact Harriet Amos to discuss what we could deliver for you at communitylearning@waes.ac.uk

Courses

Everyday English for parents new to the UK (EAL)

For parents beginning to learn English as an additional language. Learn target vocabulary to help you settle into London. Practise applying language structures useful in everyday life, for example in school and at the medical centre. The course will be taught by an EAL specialist teacher who has 20 years' experience. The course content is flexible according to learners' level and experience. For parents of children in Primary school and younger. A series of three workshops.
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How to support your child at school - a practical guide to the UK school system

For families beginning to learn English as an additional language. Parents will learn English words and expressions particularly relevant to the school setting, and how the English school system works. This will help them communicate with their children's school and support their children's learning especially with homework. The course will be taught by an EAL specialist with 20 years’ experience. Two workshops over two weeks.
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Learn to read and spell in English - an introduction to phonics for beginners

Phonics with confidence! Learn the more complex phonics rules and their exceptions, develop confidence with the terminology, know how to break down words to read them and to build up words to spell them. With support available for Arabic, Spanish and French speakers but ALL are welcome. A series of four online workshops. This course is for learners who know a little about phonics already but who want to develop their reading and spelling skills.
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Phonics in school - How to Support Your Child

Learn how to support your child learn phonics. How do they learn in school and how can you motivate your child with fun and quick daily activities. You will need access to a screen: smartphone, laptop or tablet. For parents of children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, whose children are starting to learn phonics, or for older children who are finding phonics challenging. This is one of 3 online workshops.
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Read and spell in English with confidence using phonics

Phonics with confidence! Learn the more complex phonics rules and their exceptions, develop confidence with the terminology, know how to break down words to read them and to build up words to spell them. With support available for Arabic, Spanish and French speakers but ALL are welcome. A series of four online workshops. This course is for learners who know a little about phonics already but who want to develop their reading and spelling skills.
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Yoga for mothers and daughters

This is an online yoga class. Come and enjoy sharing this time together and get you body fitter at the same time. Bring your auntie and grandmother too or just come by yourself. Yoga for mothers and daughters is an online yoga class for women and girls only.
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