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College boosts parents’ moves to return to East End classrooms

PUBLISHED: 16:26 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

Gathering for a social chat about adult learning at a coffee morning in Bethnal Green

Gathering for a social chat about adult learning at a coffee morning in Bethnal Green

PARENTS have been combining social get-togethers with adult learning to gain a foothold in further education in the East End. Britain’s largest adult learning network, Learn Direct, has been running coffee mornings to encourage men and women back to the classroom’

PARENTS have been combining social get-togethers with adult learning to gain a foothold in further education in London's East End.

Britain's largest adult learning network, Learn Direct, has been running coffee mornings to encourage men and women 'back to the classroom.'

The latest was held at Bethnal Green's Weavers Community cafe (pictured).

Schools and colleges have also been helping adults gain qualifications to improve their lives through the Learn Direct programme.

Tower Hamlets College was recognised this week when it topped the London regional finals of the Learn Direct awards, which recognise centres involved with their communities, for helping primary school staff training.

The college has helped Manorfield Primary school's staff training, with four teaching assistants having been promoted to higher level teaching assistants. It has also inspired the school to let parents and the community use its facilities so more people can benefit from training.

Now Tower Hamlets College represents London at the national Learn Direct awards at the Science Museum in October.


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