School-Home Support (SHS) Practitioners improve the attainment of disadvantaged children by partnering with schools and families to address the root causes of low attendance and poor behaviour.
We provide a fully managed service for schools, improving attendance, behaviour and engagement in learning, to ensure that children are in school, ready to learn.
“Discovering the team at School-Home Support (SHS) has been a real revelation for us here at The New North Academy. This year we have welcomed two members of SHS to our busy and challenging school, and they are proving to be absolute assets and highly valued members of our school team. The skills and expertise they bring really enhance our offer and strengthen our work around safeguarding and working with families particularly.
As a leader of a larger than average primary school in Inner London, I have welcomed the open and professional relationships built with managers at SHS. They are always keen (and willing!) to hear my views about the service they provide and are consistently demonstrating their wish to make their work even better. At a time when expectations on school leaders seem to be increasing to an even greater high, they have certainly helped me to share out some of the most important work we do with children and maintain my confidence that the quality of that work is high, that staff are supervised and monitored, and ultimately, that I can continue my focus on providing the best opportunities and experiences I can to the children and families who attend our academy.”
Nicola Percy, Head of New North Academy and Chair of Islington LSCB Education Committee
What is the SHS Practitioner service?
|A highly trained school based practitioner to build constructive relationships with the ‘hardest to reach’ families.|
|Tailored and specific work plan based on the needs of each school and developed in partnership with the school.|
|Regular evaluation reports to provide evidence of the impact of the service and useful measurements to show effectiveness of Pupil Premium spending.|
|Regular casework supervision to ensure practice is safe and boundaried and has a positive impact on the pupil’s attendance, behaviour and attainment.|
|SHS ownership of HR issues including recruitment, performance management and professional development.|
|Peer support and local networks to ensure best practice.|
|Access to SHS Welfare Fund for practical and fast financial support to help meet the needs of families.|
|Access to the SHS Knowledge Suite, an online hub of resources for school staff to tap into.|
|The ability to take part in SHS aspiration sessions. Aspiration sessions take place in different city firms and teach children and parents about different careers available, as well as the various routes into them.|
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