Parents, Children and Adult Learning: Family Learning Policy in the 2020s

Campaign for Learning’s new policy paper examines the important links between learning and family life, and how these can be harnessed to support a wide range of positive outcomes, including children’s education, family wellbeing, and adult skills and employment.

Parents, Children and Adult Learning – Family Learning Policy in the 2020s’ is a collection of 16 articles by leading experts from organisations spanning the fields of school and further education, adult learning, community services, wellbeing, innovation and technology. 

The authors make recommendations on how parents can be engaged and supported to improve education outcomes for children, as well as the wider role of intergenerational learning, adult learning and community support in delivering better outcomes for all family members.

Campaign for Learning conclude the pamphlet with proposed next steps and recommendations for family learning in England.

Authors and Articles in 'Parents, Children and Adult Learning – Family Learning Policy in the 2020s'


Sam Freedman, Research Fellow, Institute for Government
Driving-Up Parental Engagement in Educational Catch-Up 

Lee Elliot-Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter 
Focusing on Parents to Improve Social Mobility 

Adrian Burt, Founder, MarvellousMe
Encouraging Parental Involvement in Children’s Learning Through School Communication 

Noni Csogor, Research and Policy Manager, Sixth Form Colleges Association
Balancing Parental Support and Independence of 16-18 Year Olds in Further Education 

Lesley Thain, Head of Career Programmes, Gatsby Foundation
Involving Parents and Guardians in Careers Support for 11-18 Year-Olds 

Kerry-Jane Packman, Executive Director, Parentkind
Enabling Parents to Get What They Need to Support Children to Learn 

Louise Bazalgette, Deputy Director, Nesta
Working with Parents in the Early Years to Get More Children School Ready 

Tom Harbour, Chief Executive, Learning with Parents
Using Technology to Help Parents Bridge the Gap in Child Learning 

Aoife O’Higgins, Director of Research, What Works for Children’s Social Care
Targeting Support at Carers to Improve the Educational Outcomes for Children in Care 

Katie Easey, Director of Education: Community Learning, WEA 
Enabling Parents and Children to Learn Together as Families 

Susannah Chambers, Independent Consultant 
Reminding Policy Makers of the Benefits of Parents and Children Learning Together 

Professor Alison Clark-Wilson, Chair, and Lucy Davis, Chief Executive, Maths on Toast - the family maths charity
Building Maths Confidence Through Family Learning 

Nancy Hey, Chief Executive, What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Promoting Family Wellbeing Through Adult Learning 

Susan Pember, Policy Director, HOLEX
Placing Family Learning in the Context of a Wider Intergenerational Learning Strategy 

Next Steps for Family Learning Policy in England in the 2020s: Campaign for Learning Recommendations 
Juliette Collier, National Director and John Beattie, Deputy Director (Families), Campaign for Learning