Energy in the Home: Family Learning Course

Engaging families with energy and sustainable development issues

Project duration: September 2004 to March 2005

The purpose of this piece of work was to develop sustainable development units and resources for Family Learning tutors which:

  • provided a real-life context, empowering learners to reduce their energy bills and their impact on the environment through an understanding of energy-related issues
  • provided a supported delivery mechanism for Family Learning tutors with little/no sustainable development/energy expertise
  • enabled learners to enhance their self-confidence and acquire job skills working in the community as energy awareness volunteers
  • helped and encouraged parents and carers to increase the engagement of their children in education

CSE developed three sustainable development units for Family Learning programmes. The units make up the 'Energy in the Home' module and they include: 
1) Energy Use and the Environment
2) Save Money and Reduce Pollution
3 )Renewable Energy.

All three units were accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) at level 1 and 2.

We also developed learning activities and supporting resources to help Family Learning tutors deliver each of the units. The activities provided opportunities for adults and children to explore energy issues together and to improve literacy and numeracy skills. They supported curriculum work covered by pupils in school too.

Pilot courses were delivered in Bristol and North Somerset to test the learning activities and resources. The first unit was piloted at Speedwell Nursery, and helped the school achieve its Eco-School green flag a second time. The second unit was piloted in Fonthill Primary School, which is also working towards Eco-School status, and the third unit, Renewable Energy, was tested at St Katherine's School, a specialist college for science and technology with particular interest in sustainable energy.

Course participants, Family Learning tutors and school staff were invited to give feedback on the pilot courses and this contributed to the development of the final resource package.

Update 2012 | You can download the resources produced by clicking here, but bear in mind that some phone numbers, web links, facts and figures will be out of date.


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