School-Home Support (SHS)

School-Home Support Big Give Summer Challenge 2021

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, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

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)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Education is the key to social mobility but educational inequality can't be solved in the classroom alone. Before COVID-19, 1 in 10 children were persistently absent from school. Now, after a year of disruption to learning, the learning gap has increased by 46% with the poorest pupils hardest hit. Many parents face stress precarious employment, debt, and reduced income. Personalised support for children and young people is vital to help vulnerable children achieve their educational potential.


SHS aims to help vulnerable children with our SHS Practitioner service, providing practical support to help families break intergenerational cycles of poverty and tackle barriers to a childs learning. We deliver Practitioner services in 33 schools in London where the need for educational support is urgent. We co-produce a personalised plan with families to increase their resilience and independence. Also SHS Practitioners have often been the only point of contact for many families this past year

  • "* I think you are invaluable for the families you are supporting and whenever we need you to do anything you have done it super well from home /car and the community. I have 100% confidence that you will be doing your usual fabulous job wherever you are."

    — Comment from Headteacher of a school supported by a SHS Practitioner during lockdown:

  • "Thank you for your help, I really am thankful :) Great that school have a person like you"

    — A mother of a family supported by SHS

  • I’ve come to know SHS quite well but I always come away learning something more about the vital work you provide and with a greater appreciation of all those on ‘the frontline’. I think you are all marvelous!

    — Staff member of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP