The initial survey of need for ELI conducted by the Dartington Social Research Unit found that while local parents had high educational aspirations for their children, they were not confident that they had the skills to help their children achieve in school. Therefore, the main focus of ELI’s Programmes has been on helping parents to develop their children' social, language and thinking skills from an early age and thereby, ensure that their children enter school ready to learn, with the skills they need to be successful throughout their education.
All the evaluations of ELI’s work show that:
All of the ELI’s strategies for increasing parental involvement are well received by parents
Parents are more engaged in their children’s development and are developing the understanding, skills and knowledge required to support their children’s educational journeys
Learning is being perceived by children, young people and their extended families as enjoyable and something to be shared