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Learning gets a family focus

PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:22 03 July 2010

Back to the classroom: Hassan Khademi helps his son Mahdi make a flying dinosaur pendant while his mum Masoumeh crafts a bracelet.

Back to the classroom: Hassan Khademi helps his son Mahdi make a flying dinosaur pendant while his mum Masoumeh crafts a bracelet.

LEARNING is spanning the generations, with families sharing the classroom to learn new skills.

Parents are returning to school with their children for classes in everything from cooking, computing to craft making.

Family focus: Alison Borley attends a class at Lynn Grove High school with her sons Danny and Christopher.

LEARNING is spanning the generations, with families sharing the classroom to learn new skills.

Parents are returning to school with their children for classes in everything from cooking, computing to craft making.

Lynn Grove High is the first school in the area to take part in the Promoting Adult and Community Learning (PACE) programme.

The aim is to make education more relevant to young people by giving them a chance to learn alongside adults.

Jewellery making is just one of several of six week long courses held at Lynn Grove, with students designing and creating eye catching adornments.

Alison Borley, from Bradwell, attends the classes with her sons Danny and Christopher. She said: “We are making rings and pendants, its good fun and really interesting. I thought doing this would be a chance for us to learn new skills.

“It gives Chris an extra opportunity to use the equipment, given him more confidence and helped with his schoolwork.”

Joy Brown, from Caister, was busy working away with teenage daughter Amy and Amy's friend Lois. She said: “We thought jewellery making would be something unusual to try. We are enjoying the course and it is completely different to what we expected.”

The Khademi family moved to Bradwell from Iran last year and are attending the classes to help them feel part of the local community. Hassan Khademi was helping son Mahdi make a flying dinosaur pendant while wife Masoumeh crafted a bracelet.

He said: “Cutting the shapes is quite difficult, hopefully the next stage will be easier. We only moved to the UK in July and this is a good way of meeting new people.”

Assistant head teacher Sandra Govender is responsible for the Pace programme at Lynn Grove.

She said: “Adult education does not engage with the family as a unit and parents enjoy learning alongside their children. It makes learning more relevant to children and helps with their school work.”

Some of the jewellery made in the classes will be on sale at the Lynn Grove summer fair in July.

For more information about the family classes call the school on 01493 661406.

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