Parents have been benefiting from classes put on by Coleg Cambria in partnership with Gwersyllt Community Primary School to develop literacy, numeracy and IT/digital literacy skills.

Following an enquiry from the Assistant Head of Gwersyllt Community Primary School, Jacquie O’Toole, for a course to support parents to develop their skills in the school environment, a 5 week Taster Course began.

Nine parents and one grandparent who cares for her daughter’s children when she is working, came along to the class.  The learners were extremely enthusiastic and were encouraged by the tutor from Coleg Cambria, Pam McLean and the Family Learning TA, Rachel Edge, to undertake a maths and English assessment to establish their skills levels and their results were discussed and individual targets agreed.

At the end of the 5 weeks, the group was keen to continue and so a Maths and English Course has now been established in the school.  Learners attend each week and ask to be provided with homework for further study which they can share with their children.

Kelly Thomas who attends the class said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the class. Pam has made it fun and she’s been very welcoming.  I hope now to do my GSCE’s and hopefully then to University.  I would like to thank Coleg Cambria for this opportunity.”

Pam McLean added:

“Whilst most of the work set is on an individual basis, the group does work well together as a team and also in paired activities. Some of the parents had not spoken to each other at school before the class started and are now beginning to encourage one another to develop their skills.

“It has been encouraging to see the learners’ confidence and skills develop over such a short period of time and Coleg Cambria looks forward to continuing to work with the school next year and hopefully engage with more parents who want to brush up their skills.”

The learners will be continuing their studies in September 2018 and as their confidence builds and their skills are developed they will be entered for Essential Skills Wales qualifications.

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