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Free Family Learning Conference

March 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of the collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and IntoUniversity (Supplementary Schools Project), you are invited to join us for the: “Family Learning Conference”

This event is aimed at education, charity, council, or community development professionals, who work with, or are interested in Family Learning or Supplementary school education.


The conference will allow you to spend the day discovering the background and benefits of Family learning and Supplementary schools, from rhetoric to reality.

You will be presented with practical ways in which to incorporate programmes into your institutions, and meet academics and professional services staff in these specialist fields.

To book your free tickets go to the conference eventbrite page


The morning will include sessions led by academics and practitioners in the field of Family Learning and Supplementary school education. The speakers will be setting the scene about current practises and research from sectors such as academia, charity, Widening Participation university outreach and local councils.

There will be breakout workshops in the afternoon which are designed to share best practise and give practical advice on how to set up programmes for Family learning, and work with supplementary schools in different contexts and sectors.

Schedule of the day

09.30 –10.00: Registration & Refreshments

10.00 – 10:15: Welcome

10:15 –10:30: Conference keynote – Pascale Vassie, Executive Director, National Resource for Supplementary Education

10.30 – 11.00: Higher Education and Family Learning – Caroline McDonald, Head of Widening Access, Birkbeck, University of London

11.00 – 11.30: Family Learning Works – Carol Taylor, Former Deputy CEO of NIACE

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00- 12.30: Family literacy programmes in England: Do they do the job? Evidence from programme evaluations – Olga Cara, Senior Research Officer, Department of Education, Practice, Society at UCL Institute of Education

12.30 – 13.00: Family Learning in practice – Simon Beer, Head of Service, Haringey Adult Learning Services

13.00 – 13.30: Panel discussion – Pascale Vassie, Carol Taylor, Olga Cara, Simon Beer

13.30 – 14.15: Lunch Break

14.15 – 15.15:

Workshop A – Family Learning in practice: workshops, resources, engagement and outcomes. University of Nottingham and IntoUniversity Nottingham – Lisa Owen (Primary Schools Engagement Manager) & Ellie Rowley (Centre Leader IU Nottingham East)

Workshop B – Connecting families and inspiring your programme: Case studies and practical tips. Museum of London – Simone Few (Programme Manager of Family Learning) and Emma Taylor (Supplementary Schools Manager)

Workshop C – Crossing the school gates: Connecting schools, communities and homes in a multilingual digital storytelling project. Goldsmiths: Critical Connections II – Dr Vicky Macleroy (Project Director) & Dr Yu-Chiao Chung (Research Assistant)

15.15 – 15.45: Panel discussion and summary of the afternoon workshops

15.45 – 16.00: Closing remarks

16.00 – 17.00: Networking & refreshments


March 22, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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