The Foundation previously supported School Home Support in 2017. For over 30 years they have provided both practical and emotional support to families to help resolve the complex issues which often lie behind poor attendance.
Working with schools, local authorities and other children’s settings, they provide personalised support to children and families, tackling the underlying barriers to a successful education to improve the life chances.
Their vision is to ensure that every young person, regardless of their home situation or background, receive the support they need to attend and achieve at school. Practical and emotional support is provided to disadvantaged young people and their families to overcome severe problems they are facing at home. This support comes from 1-1 support for the children and young people, 1-1 support for families and working with individual schools to improve parental engagement strategies.
In the UK last year, 570,000 young people between 16-24 were unemployed. The link between future employment chances and school attendance is proven, yet in schools in England last year, nearly 250,000 children and young people were persistently absent from school, missing vital days, weeks and even months of their education. These young people then find themselves at a severe disadvantage when it comes to their future life chances.
Parental engagement in learning is fundamental to both a child’s attendance and subsequent academic achievement at school. The more parents are engaged in the education of their children, the more likely they are to succeed.
Please visit the Home Support website to find out more about the support they provide.
Having supported a broad range of inspiring and transformational projects over the Foundation’s 30 year history, the Trustees decided to embark upon a strategic review to ensure our grants were having the greatest impact. In 2020 we completed an intensive eight month programme led by Ten Years’ Time and we’re thrilled to be focussing all our efforts now on building Youth Power and Leadership with some fantastic partners.