We support today’s launch by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) of their report ‘Kids can’t catch up if they don’t show up’ and support the call for the government to fund 2,000 mentors to work with children who are persistently absent from school, to help get them back to school.
With almost 40 years experience looking beyond the classroom to issues affecting children and young people at home, we know the importance of supporting children and families with these issues to ensure children are able to be in school ready to learn. Whatever it takes.
Our Chief Executive, Jaine Stannard stated that: “This CSJ report reinforces the situation we are seeing on the frontline, how the gravity of school closures is impacting education. At School-Home Support we have seen an increased demand in need to support pupils to get back into school, we delivered 90% of the interventions last year in the first (Autumn) term back alone. Action is needed now as it is clear that such a level of demand will continue as many children and young people need intensive support to overcome the impact of the pandemic and the further barriers it has created before they can engage in their education.”