Video of Children’s Commissioners Takeover


Unfortunately a few technical difficulties and the video will follow soon.

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Children’s Commissioners Takeover

Following the successful event at Regents Park school on Friday 25th November where year 5 pupil Zulaikha confidently lead the Button Bracelet making session with the Family Learning group.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Zulaikha demonstrates what materials are need to make a Button Bracelet

img_2437And answers a few questions, before everyone collects buttons from a wide choice of shapes and sizes img_2417 img_2418

img_2420 Lining the choices of buttons upimg_2421 img_2422

img_2425Zulaikha working with her mum

img_2426 There’s always a chance to select different colours

img_2427 img_2429 The final product as modelled by the tutor.

Zulaikha moves around the group to give feedback and words of support

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Everyone gathers around to show their work to the group, before Zulaikha congratulates everyone on their hard workimg_2436 img_2438 img_2439

And then everyone can show off their colourful and fab looking bracelets img_2441 img_2442 img_2444

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The Schools we currently work with…


We have pinned locations on our map and are quite pleased with our coverage. Do get in touch if you are interested in working with our programme.

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A visit at Arden Primary School

At a recent meeting, Robeena Rana from Arden school reported that
“I and other school staff witnessed that after the Wider Family Learning craft based courses for a selected group of quiet and shy children there was a remarkable shift in their behaviour.”
The children came along with their mums and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Robeena continued, saying “the changes we have seen in them were amazing. They had smiles on their faces every time they finished a product. Some of them gave a bouquet of flowers they made to their teachers. The teachers felt that those children achieved a better understanding of working with their parents and wanted to participate in class more. Every session was amazing, just watching, I felt at ease and comfortable with the delivery and resulting engagement.”

It is always re-assuring that all our hard work is appreciated and so we salute their success with a big Thank You to Claire Bond (the tutor for this class) as well as all the other tutors who always make an extra effort!

Scarlet Scardanelli – Family Learning Organiser


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A New Teaching and Learning Manager


As TLM Ruth Meah has joined the team at the beginning of term. Here she is with Laura Johnston and Sabia Khanum at Hodge Hill Primary school for a hand-over meeting with Family Learning Organiser Scarlet Scardanelli. Sabia, who enthusiastically had looked after the Family Learning activities at the school had a change in role. From now on it will be Laura who will be working with us on another series of courses. Ruth met both of them and we discussed the future programme. Scarlet Scardanelli, Family Learning Organiser

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Family Learning at Yorkmead School

In February Yorkmead School hosted a Wider Family Learning course delivered by tutor Melba Warner on the topic of sewing titled “Pins and Needles”. It was wonderful to see male and female attendees get really involved with the embroidery work, and even continue at home. The feedback was great and some of the photos demonstrate wonderful work that was completed during the course.

This workshop was enjoyed by all families and this is reflected in the attendance and the feedback provided by the families. Not all Parents and children were familiar with the concept of sewing before attending this workshop, and it was from this workshop that they started to develop a basic understanding. Some parents were familiar with sewing and were keen to develop these skills further and worked well supporting the children in sewing. The fabrics used were inexpensive and in most cases were left over, demonstrating to the parents that sewing and textiles does not have to be an expensive hobby – some parents brought in recycled materials from home for their projects.

Parents had fed back that they continued sewing outside the workshops with their children so that they could improve, and because they enjoyed it. There were four boys in the class, they too were very hands and had said that they enjoyed creating soft furnishings.

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Some great feedback from the Introductory Family Learning English course, delivered at a hostel for vulnerable families.

“The feedback from the survival English course was very positive. One lady from Syria found it very useful She had very little English to start with and is now able to deal with simple day to day situations herself rather than rely on interpreters.

I believe a few of the ladies who attended have since contacted South & City College to enquire about other courses.

During our needs assessments with new residents ESOL classes are regularly requested. If we could have more courses run at our hostels, that would be great”

Sarah – Centre Manager

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