The Home School Link Worker plays a significant role within the school community, helping to bridge the gap between parents and school. The HSLW is part of the school team but works independently, uniquely connected to pupils' needs and their families.
Studies have shown that the work of HSLWs has some impact on improving attendance within families but has a far greater impact in terms of developing better home-school relationships, allowing teachers more time to focus on teaching and learning rather than social and emotional issues.
Home-school liaison is child and parent-centred work that builds positive partnerships between school and home in order to support children's development and learning. Any difficulties can be tackled at an early stage and links families to specialised help and support when necessary.
The main aims are to
Research has shown that work by HSLWs helps to raise children's educational achievements and attendance levels, and is influential in increasing parents' knowledge of school life. This contributes to the school ethos that values parental involvement.
Parents who have attended the Parenting Puzzle course do improve their parenting skills, becoming more confident, and this has an indirect positive influence on children's learning.
What parents have said:
"Thank you for everything you've done for us. I know it's your job but we are so grateful….”
"When things go wrong I know who to call”
"You're the first person who has ever really listened to me and supported me”
"If I see you in out the front in the morning I automatically look at my watch and hope we're not late!”
At Manorfield the HSLW works most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is not timetabled.
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