FAQs

About the National Family Learning Network

What is the National Family Learning Network?
How do I join the National Family Learning Network?
Do I have to pay to join?
What are the benefits of being a member of the National Family Learning Network?
How do I forward changes to my contact details to the Network?
Where do I get National Family Learning Network News updates?
Does the Network offer consultancy?
Does the Network provide speakers for events?
What training and events does the Network offer?
Can I contribute to Network events with literature, a stand or by speaking?
What is the Family Learning Festival?
What is the Outstanding Family Learner of the Year award?
 

About funding

Can the Network give me funding/money?
Can the Network help me with writing funding bids?
Where can I find information about the Family Learning Impact Fund?
 

About the Big Impact Project

What is the BASIS Big Impact Project?
 

About Family Learning

Where can I find evidence on the impact of Family Learning?
 

Website Resources

How do I share a resource on the website?
I uploaded a resource onto the website and it has not appeared. Can you tell me what happened?
I followed a link from your resources section to a resource at another site and I got a blank page. Can you tell me where the resource is?
I followed a link from your resources section to a resource at another site and it took me to their main page and not the resource. Where is the resource?
How am I allowed to use resources from this site?
 

Contact details
Big Impact Project National Project Officers
Web Editor

 

 

About the National Family Learning Network

 

What is the National Family Learning Network?

The National Family Learning Network is an alliance of three leading family learning organisations, Campaign for Learning, NIACE and ContinYou, and is a support network for over 9,500 Practitioners who work with an estimated 5 million families each year.

The National Family Learning Network integrates all areas of the family learning agenda at policy and practitioner level and this website provides a one-stop shop for practitioners to network and access resources.

 

How do I join the National Family Learning Network?

It’s easy! Just sign up on the registration page.

 

Do I have to pay to join?

No. Membership is free.

 

What are the benefits of being a member of the National Family Learning Network?

As a member of the National Family Learning Network, you will receive regular updates about what is happening in the field of family learning. You will be among the first to know about upcoming conferences and training events. You will be able to access up to date funding information relevant to family learning and use the members’ section of the website to access downloadable resources and up to date information about job and career opportunities. The National Family Learning Network will be collating evidence and lobbying for recognition of the positive impact of family learning on our society. As a member, you will be able to contribute to national policy and practice discussions relating to family learning.

 

How do I forward changes to my contact details to the Network?

You can update your contact information on the website under your profile page.

 

Where do I get National Family Learning Network News updates?

There is a dedicated news page on the National Family Learning Network website. You can upload articles directly - click on the 'Add news' link on the news page, fill in the form and submit your news story. 

 

The National Family Learning Network Newsletter is produced quarterly and welcomes submission of articles relating to family learning work, events and resources.  Articles should be forwarded to the National Family Learning Network Manager.

 

Does the Network offer consultancy?

Yes. Please contact the National Family Learning Network Manager, to discuss your requirements.

 

 Does the Network provide speakers for events?

Yes. Please send details of your requirements to the National Family Learning Network Manager.

 

What training and events does the Network offer?

The National Family Learning Network organises national conferences and events and also offers regional training and sharing good practice events under the auspices of the Big Impact lottery funded project. Keep an eye on the news section of the National Family Learning Network website and in the National Family Learning Network newsletter, for upcoming events from the Network and from our alliance members.

 

Information about other training events and conferences offered by the individual organisations within the alliance can be found on their websites - NIACE, ContinYou and Campaign for Learning.

If you want to discuss your training needs, you can contact the National Family Learning Network Manager.

 

Can I contribute to Network events with literature, a stand or by speaking?

Please contact the National Family Learning Network Manager to discuss this.

 

What is the Family Learning Festival?

The Family Learning Festival is organised every year by the Campaign for Learning. You can register for regular updates and free planning advice.

 

What is the Outstanding Family Learner of the Year award?

NIACE co-ordinates Adult Learners’ Week in May each year. One vital element of the Week is the recognition of learners’ achievements, through the Adult Learners’ Week Awards. Families who have transformed their lives through learning are eligible for the Outstanding Family Learner of the Year award. 

 

 

About funding

 

Can the Network give me funding/money?

No. The National Family Learning Network does not give out grants but we do have an up to date funding directory.

 

Can the Network help me with writing funding bids?

We cannot help with individual bids but our funding pages do contain advice and also contact information for local funding advisors who can help.

 

Where can I find information about the Family Learning Impact Fund?

This is a fund of £30m over a three year period, beginning in 2008. It was DCFS (Department for Children, Schools and Families - now Department for Education) funding, supporting the implementation of the Labour Government's 2007 Children’s Plan. It enhances and expands existing Skills Funding Agency-funded Family Learning Provision to families at risk. Further details can be found on the skills for families website on the Excellence Gateway.

 

 

About the Big Impact Project

 

What is the BASIS Big Impact Project?

The National Family Learning Network has been awarded funding from BASIS to support family learning projects in England, in particular those funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The BASIS Big Impact project began in July 2009 and, over the following three years, is offering training and support to family learning projects, including sharing best practice and developing resources to support teaching and learning, evaluation and capturing the impact of projects. Over the period of the project, the Network will be seeking your views, inviting you to attend events and circulating information about resources and project activities.

 

 

About Family Learning

 

Where can I find evidence on the impact of Family Learning?

There is a wealth of policy and research information in the resources section of this website.  Search under 'type' for 'policy documents and research'.

There is also much relevant information on the NIACE website, See in particular the Evidencing the Impact section and the Learning Family Briefing.

 

 

Website Resources

 

How do I share a resource on the website?

Please click on the 'add resource' link in the resources section, fill in the form and upload your resource.  It will appear in the resources section once it has been checked by our team.

 

I uploaded a resource onto the website and it has not appeared. Can you tell me what happened?

We receive a lot of resources and it can take some time to get them ready for the resources section. If your resource has not appeared on the site 4-6 weeks after you sent it, please contact the web editor.

 

I followed a link from your resources section to a resource at another site and I got a blank page. Can you tell me where the resource is?

We are very sorry to have inconvenienced you. Please can you help us address this problem by emailing the web editor with details of the problem and we will notify you when the problem is resolved.

 

I followed a link from your resources section to a resource at another site and it took me to their main page and not the resource. Where is the resource?

Please refer back to our listing of the resources and we should have given instructions for how to find the resource from the provider’s main page. If we have not done that please report it to the web editor.

 

How am I allowed to use resources from this site?

You may use the ideas, print / photocopy worksheets, and download files from the site for use within your own family learning sessions, provided that you agree not to change them or delete any copyright or proprietary notices from the materials. Parents and tutors are also welcome to use them with their own children should they wish to do so. All other uses are strictly prohibited. In particular, the ideas and resources on this site may not be used for commercial purposes, for resale, or posted on other websites. If you have any queries about this, please contact the web editor.

 

 

Contact details

 

Big Impact Project National Project Officers

Andrea Cowton       email: andrea.cowton@niace.org.uk   mob: 07787534414

Louise Edwards        email: ledwards@cflearning.org.uk  mob: 07779 091243

 

Web Editor

Eva Amalathas          email: eamalathas@cflearning.org.uk tel:020 7798 6067