Exciting new Events and Classes from January 2019

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.

There is a free crèche available for any younger siblings during all of the below courses.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English Course (ESOL) for Women

Starts Tuesday 8th January – 9am – 11am
Every Tuesday thereafter until 26th March 2019

Improve your Speaking and Listening, increase your confidence and find out about living in Leeds. You will receive a certificate from Leeds City Council when you have completed the course.

FREE for those who claim benefits / tax credits
FREE for Asylum Seekers or Refugees

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Supporting Children’s Maths and English

Course Starts:
Wednesday 16 January
for 5 weeks Time: 9.00am—11.30am

Find out how children learn to count/read Explore different ways to support your child’s maths/English development (including phonics) Understand the essential role of a parent/carer in supporting children.

Meet other parents, enjoy making games, taking part in activities and sharing ideas

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Introduction to Pilates & Wellbeing course

Course Starts:
Thursday 10th January
for 10 weeks Time: 10:30—12:30 am

This course is about introducing Pilates as form of exercise, the group will learn basic to advanced Pilate exercises and explores health and wellbeing topics within the sessions.

Pilates is a very inclusive form of exercise that almost everyone can get involved in.

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Protecting our Children Course

Course Starts:
Thursday 17th January
for 8 weeks Time: 1pm – 3pm

An eight-week course for parents who are interested in understanding how children can be vulnerable to many forms of exploitation and abuse including online safety. The course offers lots of support and information on how you can keep your children safe online and how to improve relationship with your children. The learning and understanding takes place through engaging activities and lively discussions.

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Coffee Mornings

Dates for this year are:
Friday, 9th November 2018
Friday, 11th  January 2019
Friday, 1st March 2019
Friday, 26th April 2019
Friday, 7th June 2019

We are also running half termly Coffee mornings which enables parent’s to find out more about what goes on at Hillcrest, to meet staff and other parents and also assist children in their development. At Hillcrest we believe that home and school work best together.

Require Further Information?

Contact Louise Cornwell  on 0113 262 4080


Where will classes be held?

All classes are 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.