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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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Home School Link Worker

Home School Link Worker

At Thorpe Lea Primary School and Nursery, we are really lucky to have our wonderfully

 experienced Home School Link Worker, Sian, as part of our team. Sian works closely with many of our children and families to support a variety of needs. Sian is in school every Wednesday and works closely with Mrs Hall, our full time ELSA.

 

The role of the Home School Link Worker is to:

  • Support parents, families and pupils on a wide range of issues.
  • Help children and families to increase school attendance and punctuality.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships between the home and school and act as a link between home and school.

 

How can we help you?

The Home School Link Worker role is tailored to support the needs of your family and your circumstances; Sian can help in many ways including:

  • Enabling parents and children to discuss concerns or worries in a safe and secure environment.
  • Supporting families reacting to change such as parental separation or bereavement.
  • Assisting parents / carers whose children are reluctant to attend school or have been excluded.
  • Helping parents / carers who may need support on a wide range of issues or difficulties impacting on their family life eg illness, domestic abuse, disability or financial difficulties.
  • Offering parenting guidance and support and courses.
  • Helping families and children to access services, resources and local community information.
  • Offering support in school meetings.
  • Liaising with outside agencies (school nurse, CAHMS, health visitors, GPs) and signpost parents.
  • Help to fill out forms such as: Free School meals, Education Maintained Allowance (EMA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

 

How to contact the Home School Link Worker?

If you feel that you do require support, please do fill out our 'Thorpe Lea Parent Partnership' referral form and send it to reception@thorpe-lea.surrey.sch.uk or collect a copy from the school office. Please hand the completed form in to the school office in a sealed envelope addressed ‘Thorpe Lea Parent Partnership -  Confidential’.

Referral forms will be reviewed and discussed with the Headteacher and then you will be contacted about what support can be offered to you. If your referral falls under the HSLW umbrella, we will be in contact to make the necessary arrangements to meet. When we meet we will explore with you the difficulties your child or family is experiencing and together we can try to find the best way forward.

 

Where it is considered that you could be best supported via the class teacher or SENCo your referral will be passed on and they will be in contact with you.

 

Why you may be contacted

At Thorpe Lea Primary School we pride ourselves in knowing our families very well and in most cases, our staff identify the families in which we feel will benefit from Sian's support.

 

Confidentiality

The Home School Link Worker offers a confidential service regarding personal issues. However, all information is shared with the Senior Leadership Team as part of our confidentiality policy. If necessary, Sian would seek your permission to also share the information with other staff members within school or outside agencies. Should a safeguarding issue be identified, we are legally bound to follow Government guidelines.

 

Professional Partnerships

In addition to the support she offers to our families, Sian works very closely with our full time ELSA, Mrs Hall, and also outside support such as Shirley or Karen from the Haven. There are termly opportunities in which we invite all parents in to have a coffee and catch up with the 'Parent Partnership Team'. Please do check our school app regularly for the date of the next meeting.

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