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Home Learning Environment project funded by the DfE

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We've recently started work, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and NCB, on this project to help narrow the attainment gap by supporting the home learning environment (HLE). Peeple will be working with the Foundation Years Trust in Oxfordshire and the Wirral, to train and support both Home Start volunteers and staff in settings working with eligible two year olds, to use the Learning Together Programme with families. We will also work in partnership with health visitors in child health clinics.

Link to press release : click to download

New Chair of Trustees

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A very warm welcome to our new Chair of Trustees, Mark Harris, appointed in March 2017 - and huge thanks to Teresa Smith for all her work and support in that post - and who'll happily continue as a Peeple trustee. Read more about our trustees...

Trustees - chairs and CEO 

Learning Together Study - how your school's or academy's nursery setting could get involved

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The Learning Together Study is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and it is led by Peeple. It will train practitioners from nursery settings in schools and academies in England to deliver the Peep Learning Together Programme to groups of children and their parents, and will evaluate its effects. The evaluation will be carried out by Queen’s University Belfast. The aim is to find out how successful the Learning Together Programme is in improving the learning environment at home, and whether this improves children’s vocabulary, early literacy skills and social skills. This evidence will add to the existing positive evidence about the Programme which has already been established by the University of Oxford. To find out more and/or get involved please email research@peeple.org.uk or call us on 01865 397970.

The Learning Together Study features in the Schools Weekly newsletter to Cooperative Schools.

EEF Learning Together Programme Study

Mark McDonald, Minister for Early Learning and Childcare visits Peep Aberdeen

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In January 2017, Mark McDonald, Minister for Early Learning and Childcare, and MSP for Aberdeen Donside, and Councillor Angela Taylor met with the Aberdeen Peep team and Peep parents, carers and children. Both visitors enjoyed joining in with a Peep Babies group, and learning about the Peep Learning Together Programme. In Aberdeen, the Peep Programme is part of Children and Families Social Work. Examples of local practice include: Peep delivery with parents/carers of care-experienced children; Peep with parents/carers experiencing low mood; and Learning Together Programme training for all Contact Centre staff.

Peep Aberdeen

Peep Learning Together Programme highlighted in Education Scotland's Review of Family Learning

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The first Review of Family Learning in Scotland assessed research evidence, case studies and consulted with partners, to see what works well in Scotland, and internationally. The Peep Learning Together Programme and Peep Progression Pathway are included as a case study in the section 'What Excellent Family Learning Looks Like'. 

The Review's Executive Summary defines the significance of Family Learning as 'supporting, equipping and building capacity amongst Scotland’s parents - to capitalise on children’s opportunities for learning is key in raising attainment and closing the poverty-related attainment gap. A family learning approach can also be a catalyst in helping adults take up adult learning and training opportunities, gain employment or attain new skills. This in turn positively impacts on children’s individual attainment, their aspirations and personal learning journey.'  This focus on both the child's learning opportunities and those of the parent - in their own right, as an adult learner - is one which Peeple advocates and demonstrates in Peep delivery.

Peep goes Down Under - supporting the home learning environment in Melbourne

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In February 2017, Sally Smith our CEO, and Peep trainers Marie and Lisa went to Melbourne, Australia to work with the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, an Australian not-for-profit organisation. The Brotherhood are about to pilot a new project called Growing Learners which brings together a number of evidence-based programmes to support some of the most disadvantaged families in the state of Victoria. They conducted an international search for an early intervention programme focusing on the home learning environment which incorporates adult qualifications and employability routes. They reported that only the Peep Learning Together Programme fitted the bill!

Peep in Oz!

Marie takes being 'Down Under' a touch too literally!

Funding for Learning Together Programme training and/or Peep provision in Scotland

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Please let us know, by contacting info@peeple.org.uk, if we can provide any supporting information for your funding application

1.Scotrail Community Grants

Deadline: 25th Sept 2017 or 26th March 2018

Focus:     Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools

Amount:  £500 – £2000

Who: Constituted groups with annual income of less than £100,000 per annum. Please see weblink for other criteria

2.Comic Relief Community Cash

Deadline: 5th May, 12pm

Focus:     We want to support community groups undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement. This includes ‘parents and toddler groups’ and ‘Dads and lads’ groups.

Amount:  £500 - £1000

Who:       Please see weblink for exclusions