Parent Group at school where around 50 languages are spoken wins Inspire! Awards for supporting learning.

A group set up to help parents at a city school to improve their English language skills has won a national award.

Cathays High School’s Parents Learning Group has been recognised for an Inspire! Award after supporting families to live and learn together in Cardiff.

The group was set up in 2014 for parents of children at Cathays High School, where around 50 languages are spoken, to learn or better their English and encourage reading at home.

Christina Roy, a teaching assistant at the school originally from Calcutta, founded the group with just three parents, running basic literacy skills sessions with local libraries to encourage reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English.

“Many parents are new to English and they wanted to be more confident in the language,” said Christina, who was in the process of starting her Post Graduate Certificate of Education when she launched the group, run from inside the school. “Some were struggling with helping their children with their homework.”

As more learners joined the session, they set up an accredited ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course. It’s now so popular there’s a waiting list, and last year, the school partnered with Adult Community Learning to run 10-week Agored Cymru accredited courses for each term in confidence building, childcare and digital skills.

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