School-Home Support

School-Home Support

We are a national education charity working to improve low attendance in schools and maximise educational opportunities for all children.

 

Our mission is for children to be in school, ready to learn. Whatever it takes.

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Just Show Up

Can you ‘Show Up’ and challenge yourself this July?

For the last 40 years, we have been showing up for children and their families, to tackle persistent absence in schools and advocate for changes in education policy and practice. As we mark this milestone we are embarking on a summer campaign: Just Show Up, encouraging individuals and businesses to show up and challenge themselves for 40 minutes a day, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks.

Get involved

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Going to School Matters

If you are a teacher or work with children in an educational setting, we invite you to join our campaign, Going to School Matters. We aim to engage MPs by spotlighting the importance of school attendance and the challenges many families face by hearing from those the crisis impacts most: children.

Our campaign invites children aged 7-12 to write letters to their local MP, sharing why school attendance matters, highlighting difficulties they or others face with attending school, and suggesting ways MPs can support schools better.

Join our campaign

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Dig a little deeper

Last year we launched School-Home Support’s first national campaign calling for decisive action from the Government to end the national crisis in school attendance.

We are calling on the Government to invest £90.2 million for a service of whole family support practitioners that would provide over 2,000 experts working through schools to unpick barriers to good attendance and learning.

Join our campaign

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Attendance Support and Development Programme

A school attendance training programme to upskill school staff with attendance responsibilities.

It includes thorough, in depth training and supervision of participants.

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Our services to improve low attendance in schools

Practitioner service

Practitioner Service

Our practitioners are based in schools and the community and provide bespoke whole family support to improve low attendance in schools. 

Practitioner Service
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Attendance Support and Development Programme

A programme to upskill school staff with attendance responsibilities.

Find out more
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Supervisions

For education, social services and care professionals supporting families, children and young people. Supervisions aim to develop skills, manage caseloads and apply best professional practice.

Supervisions
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Membership

Our membership provides specialist resources and information about parental engagement, safeguarding and attendance best practice for education professionals working to improve low attendance in schools. 

Our Membership
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Training

Support and guidance for designated school staff working to improve low attendance in schools, parental engagement and whole family support.

Training
Practitioner service

Practitioner Service

Our practitioners are based in schools and the community and provide bespoke whole family support to improve low attendance in schools. 

Practitioner Service
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Attendance Support and Development Programme

A programme to upskill school staff with attendance responsibilities.

Find out more
Two women sit together on a sofa talking.

Supervisions

For education, social services and care professionals supporting families, children and young people. Supervisions aim to develop skills, manage caseloads and apply best professional practice.

Supervisions
Two men sat at a table in a school having a discussion, with paper resources on the table around them.

Membership

Our membership provides specialist resources and information about parental engagement, safeguarding and attendance best practice for education professionals working to improve low attendance in schools. 

Our Membership
Three people sat listening to a speaker delivering training.

Training

Support and guidance for designated school staff working to improve low attendance in schools, parental engagement and whole family support.

Training
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Our impact

Find out more about the impact of our whole family support practitioners have on the families we support and how we promote best practice and influence education policies to improve low attendance.

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Individuals supported by our practitioners through early intervention and whole family support programmes

73%

Persistently absent children increased their attendance by 10% resulting in 20 extra days in school

86%

Severely absent children increased their attendance by 20% resulting in 40 extra days in school

67%

Families we support were facing at least two complex challenges simultaneously
Our Impact

Hayden’s story

11 year old Hayden was referred to School-Home Support Practitioner Gemma after his dad died by suicide when he was sentenced to time in prison. The family were also living in unsuitable housing, making it very difficult for Hayden to engage in school.
Read the full case study about Hayden’s story
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Support us

We need your help to tackle low attendance in schools and to support families and children who need it most. Every day, we strive to create positive change and bring hope to communities around England.

But we can’t do it alone. Most of the income we need to deliver our vital services comes from donations from companies, trusts and individuals. 

This support is crucial in creating programmes and bespoke whole family support for families and children struggling with complex issues like housing, poor mental health or the increasing cost of living. 

We need your support now more than ever as demand increases for our services.  Your contribution can create a lasting impact on the children, families and young people we support. 

Would you like to join us and help children make the most of their education?