SHS Practitioner (primary, Islington)

School-Home Support (SHS) is a dynamic charity with proven impact. For over 30 years it has been working with children and young people struggling to stay in school due to a wide range of complex family issues. We get children and young people back into school ready to learn, whatever it takes.

Through a mixture of growth and staff turnover we now require the following post:

SHS Practitioner – based in Islington (total of 5 days a week, term-time only):

  • St Mary’s Church of England Primary School 2 days a week
  • St John’s Upper Holloway CE Primary School 1 day a week
  • Ashmount Primary School 2 days a week

Salary range starting from £20,574 pa

This is an opportunity to support children and families in Islington to improve attendance, aspirations and welfare. The practitioner will work with pupils across three Islington primary schools who have issues with attendance and punctuality. The practitioner will engage pupils and their families to identify and resolve issues affecting the pupil’s attendance. The role will include working with the whole family to tackle issues which are causing poor attendance and behaviour, helping parents to become more engaged with their child’s learning and engaging parents in family learning.

Successful candidates will have experience working in a school environment, using SIMS to track and report on attendance and strong abilities in engaging challenging children and their parents. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of our established teams.

Duties of the role:

  • Engage with targeted families, deliver practical and emotional support
  • Analyse attendance data and identify referrals in liaison with schools
  • Undertake work supporting improved attendance across the school
  • Engage parents in the playground, raising profile and awareness of support available
  • Encourage parental engagement in children’s learning
  • Conduct home visits and welfare checks where necessary
  • Support wider parental engagement in school
  • Liaise and signpost with other services where appropriate
  • Support the school’s safeguarding processes
  • Provide termly reports for funding partners, schools and SHS

Please see the job description for full details.

To apply, please fill in an application form and send to

For an informal discussion please contact Jameela Gidden on 0845 337 0850

Closing date for applications: 23:59pm 24 November 2019

First stage interviews:  29 November 2019 (at SHS central office)

Second stage interviews:  TBC (at the school)


School-Home Support​ ​takes very seriously the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring that our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. Our safeguarding policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.