Home School Link Worker (HSLW)
Engaging parents and carers in their child's education is a key factor of the child's success, however, some families can experience barriers to being involved in their child's school. This could be due to parents feeling isolated if they are new to the area or not confident in speaking English, feeling intimidated by schools after a bad experience at school themselves, coping with a problem at home or work or other responsibilities which make it difficult to contact the school.
By quickly and effectively building strong, trusting relationships, our Home School Link Workers can help solve problems before they become bigger issues. Families can see school as a friendly approachable place and somewhere they can meet other parents, take up a parenting or family learning course or even volunteer at the school.
Here are some of the roles and responsibilities of our Home-School Link Worker:
- Support parents to develop and maintain a positive relationship with the school;
- Act as a link between home and school including making home visits or meeting at other suitable locations;
- Supporting pupils and parents with English as an additional language;
- Offer a range of services to children and families requiring support and information;
- Help children and families to increase school attendance and minimise absences;
- Talk with, support and encourage children in school.
They are also involved in:
- Working with a range of professionals, like the Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist, School Nurse, and Doctors;
- Opening links to other agencies, for example CAMHS, Parent Partnership and Children's Services;
- Promoting the parent support group;
- Conducting Home visits.
Home School Link Workers are here to support children and families/carers with a wide range of issues and concerns. A few examples have been listed below:
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem;
- Home circumstances;
- Home-School relationship;
- Breaking down communication and language barriers;
- Transition between schools and especially from Primary to Secondary schools.
If you would like to request more information on this support, please do not hesitate to contact the school.