Parents' study pays off

The parents received their certificates from Chris Wilkes, General Secretary at Ruskin College, after working hard throughout the academic year.

Twelve women achieved 19 literacy and numeracy qualifications between them. The project was started originally to provide second chance educational opportunities, in an environment familiar to the families.

County Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “I’m delighted to hear about the success of the parents and the scheme as a whole.

“I have been told that the feedback from those taking part has been very positive and their success means that the partnership will offer additional courses next year. Clearly, through their own hard work, the parents have grown in confidence and improved their employability prospects.”

Rachel Hemstock, one of the course tutors, said: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with the parents at the children’s centre.  They have shown courage, determination and commitment throughout their study and their progress has been inspiring.”