School-Home Support

Breaking the cycle of school absence

Every day of learning counts. Why some children miss valuable days at school is not always simple. School-Home Support (SHS) understands that problems beyond the classroom affect a child’s ability to be in school and ready to learn. They work with the whole family to make sustainable, positive change. SHS support families with housing and benefits, improving relationships and financial aid for essential items such as school uniforms or washing machines. Practitioners also support children in school.

We believe in creating access to opportunity and have awarded School-Home Support £100,000 towards their core costs, specifically their work in London. Our grant will help them to support more children and families, improving the lives of more than 18,000 people. By tackling the underlying barriers to successful education, School-Home Support will improve the life chances of thousands of children.

  • In 2021-22 SHS directly supported 5,888 children and family members.
  • On average 63% of the children and young people SHS supported in 2021-22 improved their attendance by 15 school days a year.
  • 67% of the GCSE students SHS supported in 2021-22 improved their attendance by more than 12%.

“SHS’s unique roles and their ability to access external sources of financial support (e.g. bus passes, washing machines and beds) have facilitated quick wins with target families. This has enabled families to lower their guards and develop trusting relationships with the SHS team, allowing the workers to then get to the root cause of many factors that are impacting on children attending school.”

Ruth Braithwaite, Headteacher at Bedford Primary School, Liverpool.

More Success Stories

Access to Opportunity
Geography: United Kingdom | Year: 2020,2021,2022

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Youth Explainers

In the magnificent setting of Kew Gardens in London, students from local schools are learning about the environment and gaining CREST Awards.
Access to Opportunity
Geography: United Kingdom | Year: 2019

Ambitious About Autism

As the name suggests, Ambitious About Autism is determined to see big change when it comes to opportunities for young people with autism.
Access to Opportunity
Geography: United Kingdom | Year: 2021,2022

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

The Families and Schools Together project is ensuring children with dyslexia are identified and supported early to make learning more accessible in schools.