Educational inequality starts early. Many disadvantaged children and parents are under-prepared for the transition from home or nursery to school, and this gap widens as children move through school and later life. Those from lower income households are less likely to attend school regularly, are less likely to achieve higher grades, are less likely to pursue higher education and are less likely to find work after school. Without intervention, a relentless cycle of disadvantage begins which spans generations and leaves families feeling hopeless.
Over 4 million children in the UK are growing up in poverty – 30% of the total number of children – and don’t always have food in the house
1.6 million children in the UK live in housing that is overcrowded, temporary, or dilapidated
There are over 700,000 young carers across the UK, sometimes having to care for family members when they should be at school
In addition to this, over 2 million children in the UK today are estimated to be living in difficult family circumstances. Our monitoring has identified that the vulnerable children and young people we work with are:
Six times more likely to be affected by domestic violence
Twice as likely to have special educational needs
Nine times more likely to need support because of drug or alcohol abuse problems
Four times more likely to need support because of mental health issues
Three times more likely to have problems because of family relationships
Twice as likely to have parents that need support with school engagement
Four times as likely to have parents that need support with employment, training or education
Three times as likely to have child protection and/or safeguarding issues
In addition to this, in 2014-15, 310,800 school-aged children and young people in England (3.7% of all pupils) were recorded as having been persistently absent during the year because they had missed at least 15% of their schooling. That is almost a day a week. For many, it was much more.
School-Home Support are committed to levelling the playing field, and to getting children back in school. We believe that every child has the right to achieve regardless of their background or need. By working in partnership with schools and parents, we break the cycle of underachievement and transform the lives of our most disadvantaged children.