Practitioner workshops enabling parents to raise children's literacy achievements has resulted in around 300 practitioners getting involved, between them reaching 6,000 families.
Professor Cathy Nutbrown worked with 20 early-years practitioners to adapt a family literacy framework – Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Models (ORIM). Through partnership with the National Children's Bureau the project reached local authorities and a number of networks concerned with early years education.
Practitioner workshops enabled the families they were working with to raise children’s literacy achievements. The original 20 practitioners shared their work resulting in around 300 practitioners getting involved, between them reaching 6,000 families.
Professor Nutbrown's impact has influenced local policy and national practice in parents' role in literacy. This has made a difference to parents, by increasing their confidence and knowledge about how to help their children; practitioners, in aiding new skills in working with parents on literacy; and the children themselves.
"Working with the ORIM Framework in Kirklees we have been able to really help parents to recognise the small steps in children's literacy development." (Kay Davies, Early Years Consultant, Blenheim Preschool, Dewsbury)