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Family Learning

Helping parents understand how their children learn and encouraging families to learn together
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £500,000
Total available:
up to £40 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What's it all about?

This programme is closed for applications

Families are our first and most important teachers, and they also teach us the most important things in life. We get knowledge from school, other adults and our peers, but that knowledge is given meaning by our family.

Family Learning involves learning activities where children and parents learn together. We will only funded projects that involved adults and children learning together and achieved all three of the following changes:

  • families take part in and enjoy education more
  • families increase their skills and knowledge
  • parents and carers communicate better with their children and give more support to their education.

We wanted to support families who face barriers to learning or who lack confidence helping their children learn. We were particularly interested in hearing from projects where learning was not based on getting a qualification and those that will help families who have not been involved in learning together before. We looked for imaginative projects that removed the practical barriers to learning, for example, by paying for travel costs, support for disabled participants, or childcare.

You could apply for grants of more than £10,000 and up to £500,000, though we expected the average grant to be between £100,000 - £150,000. We funded projects for up to five years. Your project can be either a local or a national one.

By “family” we mean at least one parent or adult carer and at least one child under the age of 16.