Liverpool Parent School Partnership
The Liverpool Parent School Partnership is a city-wide service that incorporates a number of different initiatives. The family literacy project has been running since 1995 using the model developed by the Basic Skills Agency. It is now run for key stage 2 children, those with additional needs and their families, and bilingual families. It runs in more than 43 schools working with more than 476 families from nursery to Year 7. Accreditation (Merseyside Open College Network) is available for communication skills and for a new course funded by the European Social Fund; Parents as Educators. This course gives parents information about the literacy hour and presents ways in which parents can support children in their learning.
Liverpool Hope Community College leads an initiative, REACHout to Parents, with the Parents School Partnership. This aims to develop a curriculum focusing on family issues at pre-Access, Access and Degree level. Different modules called: 'Our family matters' are designed to start participants off on their own discussions and debates and lead (if desired) to nationally recognised qualifications. There are plans to attach this programme to the LEA's family literacy programme. From September 2001 a single honours degree will be available in Family Studies.