School-Home Support (SHS)

SHS Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

School-Home Support (SHS) works with disadvantaged children and families to maximise educational opportunities and improve life chances. Our SHS Practitioners provide a vital link between school and home, tackling issues affecting children’s learning, such as poverty, housing, and mental health.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1084696)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


In the UK in 2018-19, 4.2 million children were living in poverty. Intergenerational poverty blights aspirations as poorer children fail to thrive. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to higher levels of anxiety and poverty which impacts engagement in education. Safeguarding referrals to SHS have increased sevenfold since school closures - 40% of which are linked to domestic violence. Digital poverty means the educational gap has widened for hundreds of children without online access at home.


SHS Practitioners work with disadvantaged children and families to improve their resilience and wellbeing, by alleviating anxiety and poverty, improving educational outcomes and increasing school attendance. Practitioners will advocate on behalf of families in safeguarding cases e.g. domestic violence. Practical support where needed can remove barriers to education, such as access to SHS Welfare Fund grants for emergency food, clothing, PCs and Wifi etc, or referrals to services like CAMHS.

  • "The mattress and bedding are lovely and comfy, I now feel more brighter in the morning and less tired."

    — Olivia who received a new mattress and bedding, improving her sleep and concentration at school.

  • It has been a great relief for me to get this assistance. It has put my mind at rest-I didn't have to beg, borrow and steal to find the money to pay for the school jumpers. It would have taken me some time to put aside £5 to cover the cost.

    — Mother of 4 who received help to purchase school uniform.

  • My new coat is really cosy! When it's cold now, I don't feel the coldness.

    — Girl, who received a coat for winter.

  • I really appreciate how you have [..] helped us in this emergency. It was enough to buy some essential food for my kids. We have 5 people living in one bedroom and it is hard especially ,when kids have to study and they need some space particularly during their exams.

    — Mother of 3 who received a £40 cash voucher, who needed emergency financial support.

  • Thank you so much for this money. It means my son will not miss out! Having money worries is extremely stressful and this has really helped.

    — Mother of son whose costs of a Year 6 trip was covered by the Welfare Fund.