Can your organisation or business spark imagination and inspire families to try something new? 

News Desk
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Posted Monday, August 23, 2021 - 3:00pm

The Campaign for Learning is inviting organisations and businesses to run special activities for this year’s Family Learning Festival (16th to 31st October). This year’s theme is ‘Play, Imagine, Learn’. 

The Family Learning Festival, now in its 23rd year, aims to promote a love of learning for life. Organisers run activities for different generations to learn together. The Festival is for all the family, children and their parents, carers, grandparents, uncles, aunts and friends take part. 

Juliette Collier, National Director at the Campaign for Learning said, “There are so many brilliant resources, ideas and skills in our communities. The Family Learning Festival is a perfect opportunity to share these and promote learning in fun and creative ways. 

For example, it could be sharing tips on how to take a brilliant family photo, discovering the wildlife on our doorsteps or using our imaginations to write stories together. As long as your activities involve children and adult family members learning together, we’d love your organisation to get involved.”

Organisers around the country from schools and children centres, community learning organisations through libraries to museums are all gearing up for this year’s Festival. Organisers provide a huge range of intergenerational activities so families can try something new, be inspired and feel positive about learning.

Barry Wren, Curriculum Manager for Skills & Learning in Dorset said, “We’re really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Festival! Family Learning has never been more important in terms of helping to narrow the gaps that have sadly been exacerbated by lockdown. It is crucial we support parents so they can effectively support their children’s learning and help them to catch up. As a provider we recognise that this needs to be fun and engaging too – our Tutors are deft at delivering Maths and English by stealth!”

Ruby Mahathevan MBE, Family Learning Curriculum Manager at Redbridge Institute said, “The Family Learning Festival has created a great opportunity to get our families together; talking, learning and having fun.  Last year, 64 families attended our online workshop for the Festival focusing on health & well-being and STEM. It was a great mood lifter and something very positive to do given the Covid restrictions on social mixing. As one of our learners said 'we had a lot of fun and loved that science and art can mix together'.

We look forward to working with the Campaign for Learning and celebrating the 23rd Family Learning Festival in October with our community in Redbridge!'

If you are interested in organising a Family Learning Festival activity, it’s free to take part. Visit the Festival website where you will find everything you need to start including planning tips, activity ideas and promotional materials. Go to   


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