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Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board


International Conference on Family Learning

Valuing Parents- Linking Policy and Practice

March 28th and 29th 2019

Templegate Hotel,Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

The Further Education and Training Division of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is delighted to host this two-day International Conference on Family Learning. It will bring a range of national and international experts together to look at Family Learning as an essential element in further education provision and as a means to engage with local and migrant families so as to improve the educational outcomes of children and also parents.

Who should attend:

  • Researchers in the field of family learning and educational disadvantage
  • Policy makers in governmental departments
  • Decision makers in key agencies with an interest/remit in Family Learning


  • To showcase models of good practice in Family Learning work in Ireland and in Europe
  • To highlight the role of Family Learning in tackling educational disadvantage
  • To influence policy and consider strategies to rolling out a national model of Family Learning based on effective interagency working

Speakers include:

  • Dr Ulrike Hanemann, International Education Expert, Germany
  • Juliette Collier, Director, Campaign for Learning, UK
  • Dr Áine Cregan, Specialist in Language and Literacy, Limerick, Ireland
  • Dr Inez Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland

Launch of National Family Literacy Research

We are also delighted to announce that we will have the launch of the National Family Literacy Research Project at our conference.

In 2018 SOLAS funded a family literacy research project that analysed ETBs family literacy activity and relevant government policy in order to guide future development of family literacy practice. The research, managed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), and overseen by SOLAS, ETBI and NALA, was carried out by Dr Ann Hegarty and Dr Maggie Feeley, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice UCD.

All 16 ETBs actively engaged in the project. The main purpose of the research is to provide FET stakeholders (ETBI, SOLAS, DES, NALA) with a contemporary picture of family literacy activity in ETBs in Ireland against the backdrop of the FET strategy and wider related government policy.

Our full speaker list will be made available in later February.

The conference cost is €150, which includes lunches and a Family Learning Resource Pack. We will be issuing invoices to all attendees in early 2019.

Please contact for any specific queries.

Templegate Hotel: Enquiries about accommodation in the TempleGate can be made directly with the hotel

Cultural Immersion: An optional cultural immersion day trip taking in visits to the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle has been organised for Saturday the 30th of March from 9am until 6pm. This will cost 100 euro and will cover all transport, entrance fees and refreshments. This can be invoiced along with conference costs.

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