Family Learning is inclusive learning that involves adults and children from the same family unit working together in a variety of settings.

Partnerships are formed with schools and children’s centres across Sandwell where parents/carers can engage in learning that helps them to understand how their children are taught, as well as providing a chance to share ideas with other parents and develop their own skills. The courses help parents to work collaboratively with their children in order to develop their confidence and widen their skills. SAFL can provide the following courses:


Paediatric and Adult First Aid

A 14 hour course for adults, over 19 years old, who would like to learn First Aid that relates to both adults and children. Learners will receive a Sandwell MBC SAFL in house certificate that will be valid for three years. There is a course fee of £5. 


Get in touch to find out more 

Community English

English is one of the most essential skills in all aspects of our lives. However, it can be one of the most difficult for many of us to  master.

If you need a English qualification to improve your CV or boost your confidence, our nationally recognised English qualifications are a great way to show you can apply your English skills in a practical way. 

Courses offered are from beginner/ Non-English Speaking to a level 2 qualification.


Click here for more information on our upcoming English courses. 

Reading with your child

A 7.5 hour course offers parents/carers the opportunity to work with their children to develop their reading skills and improve their confidence when reading.  It will also help you to learn about how your children are taught in Sandwell schools and how to support them. 

The objective is to reinforce understanding of phonics and secure lines between speaking and reading, but most importantly to develop personal confidence when reading.

You will be encouraged to attend regularly.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Help your children to recognise initial letter sounds.
  • Help your children to read CVC words.
  • Ask your children questions to develop their reading skills.
  • Be able to talk about books with your children.
  • Personal targets will also be agreed.

Click here for more information and a list of schools currently running this coure provided by Sandwell Adult and Family Learning.

Family Learning Festival

The Family Learning Festival is a national celebration to mark and inspire a love of learning in family life. It takes place in October every year.
We organise events throughout the festival in a variety of locations within the Sandwell area.
Learning as a family can help us to become confident, lifelong learners with all the benefits that brings - from better health to being happier. Family learning supports children to achieve at school. It can be transformative, helping us to find new passions and interests, and realise our aspirations through further learning.
The Festival is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning, the national charity that aims to build a culture of learning everywhere.
Our social media platforms are where we post updates year round of our family learning events and activities so make sure to subscribe. 
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