Family Learning

Family Learning 2018-01-15T16:12:15+00:00

Exciting new Autumn Term Events and Classes from September 2017

A key priority for Family Learning is to extend the programme in school for family members (parents, grandparents, carers and siblings) of Hillcrest children which has been very successful in the Autumn Term. As well as building their own skills, the aim is to enable parents to understand and support their children’s learning, contribute to the economic well-being of the family and help children to reach their full academic potential. Classes have been planned at the request of parents or as a result of needs identified by staff. The programme is driven by our Chair of Governors, Executive Principal and Principal to contribute to the Academy Improvement Plan and meet Ofsted objectives. This term we have a new introductory to Upcycling – ‘Fun With Arts and Crafts’ Maths, Lets Get Craft, Supporting Children’s English, IT classes and a new ESOL course for the Autumn Term.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Tuesday mornings from 16th January 2018
9.15 – 11.45am for 10 week

A new ESOL course this term for women who have little or no English. This course focuses on speaking and listening skills so parents are better able to communicate with their children, teachers in school and the community, in English. Women who have previously attended ESOL and who have little or no English are also able to attend to carry on improving their speaking and listening skills.

Supporting Children’s English

Wednesday mornings from 17th January 2018
9.15 – 11.45am 12 weeks

A ten week, fun packed course designed to help parents support their children’s literacy development. Find out how children learn to write and why writing is important .Explore different ways and strategies to support your child’s enjoyment of writing important.
Make some fun games and activities to share with your child.

‘Upcycling’ – Fun Arts and Crafts

Thursday afternoon from 18th January 2018
1pm -3pm for 10 weeks

Have fun on this arts and crafts course where you will practice a range of new skills such as ‘upcycling’, sewing, knitting and fabric crafts. Make new friends and save yourself some money by updating used clothes and finding out about a whole range of different arts and crafts for yourself and your family. Look out for ‘Dads and Dens’ in the summer term 2018 – building dens and play spaces using readily available resources to create imaginative spaces places for your children to play.

Story Stacks

Volunteer Reading Programme – ‘Let Leeds Read’

Dates and times to be confirmed

Developed with Leeds Beckett University, following the success of the programme in terms 1 & 2 at Hillcrest in 2016/17 to support the development of reading skills with target children. 5 new students have been requested to come into Hillcrest in the Autumn Term on a weekly basis, each for an hour, to hear children read, develop vocabulary & cultivate a love of reading as part of the ‘Let Leeds Read’ volunteering programme.  Volunteers will be supported by Sam Collier.

Mathematics

Employment and career support, mentoring and coaching

Dates and times to be confirmed

Joint promotion of services offered by PATH Yorkshire and signposting for Hillcrest parents and siblings who need employability support to access work, coaching and mentoring and work placement opportunities

Volunteer Support from Leeds Universities

Dates and times to be confirmed

Volunteers from Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds will be working in school in the spring term once again to hear children read and support class teachers in a variety of ways. This has been proved a very successful way of offering extra support for children to improve their English and reading skills over the past year. Please speak to Evelyn McDonnell in the first instance if you would be interested in having volunteer support.

Referrals to provision at PATH (Yorkshire) to support parents looking for work

Dates and times to be confirmed

We are working in partnership with PATH (Yorkshire), a well-established voluntary organisation based at 27 Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton, to refer parents or older siblings who are out of work or in low paid or zero hours contracts to programmes they are running which provide 1-1 professional support. Please speak to Ursula if you have any parents who may benefit from the free help they are able to offer. A promotional leaflet will be available in January setting out the services they can provide for Hillcrest parents.

Questions?

Where will classes be held?

On the top floor in the Family Learning area at Hillcrest Academy, supported by crèche provision in the adjoining room. For safeguarding purposes, separate access is through the side entrance to school and up the stairs or via the lift.

Is there a cost?

All courses are funded by Leeds City Council Adult or Family Learning budgets and are free to parents/families of children in the school who are in receipt of most benefits (or whose husbands, wives or partners are), aged 19+. Leeds City Council is keen to support Hillcrest Academy as it is located in a priority geographic area.

Enrolment to classes

Please actively promote and refer parents, grandparents, carers and older siblings of Hillcrest children to all classes, ensuring suitability for and interest in the programme; especially those staff who have a lot of contact with families. Please check there are crèche places available if needed and ask them to book a place when they enrol on a course. Enrolment registers will be held in the office. We are aiming for at least 10 attendees in all classes. Parents may attend more than one course although regular attendance is important to ensure continuity of funding. We aim to attract as many different parents to courses as possible.

Ursula Wyatt, Family Support Worker, is taking on the lead on recruitment supported by Karen Goldthorp, Business Manager. Please check exact delivery dates and address any queries or interested parents to Ursula in the first instance.

Also in school…

Volunteer Support from Leeds Universities
Volunteers from Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds will be working in school in the spring term once again to hear children read and support class teachers in a variety of ways. This has been proved a very successful way of offering extra support for children to improve their English and reading skills over the past year. Please speak to Evelyn McDonnell in the first instance if you would be interested in having volunteer support.

Referrals to provision at PATH (Yorkshire) to support parents looking for work
We are working in partnership with PATH (Yorkshire), a well-established voluntary organisation based at 27 Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton, to refer parents or older siblings who are out of work or in low paid or zero hours contracts to programmes they are running which provide 1-1 professional support. Please speak to Ursula if you have any parents who may benefit from the free help they are able to offer. A promotional leaflet will be available in January setting out the services they can provide for Hillcrest parents.