The Home School Community Liaison Scheme

Background to HSCL in St. Paul’s Community College

Mr. Gerard Lohan is the Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator/teacher in St. Paul’s Community College. Mr. Lohan may be contacted in the school at any time and is part of the whole-school Care Team to support the parents of those students who are attending our school.

The Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Scheme has been operating in St. Paul’s Community College since 1992 and was designed to be a preventative structure in promoting full attendance by students to Leaving Certificate or equivalent level. It provides a framework for co-operation between home, school and the community. The HSCL teacher facilitates parental involvement in their child’s education while they attend St. Paul’s through work in a variety of key areas. These include Home Visitation, involvement in Local Committee and Cluster Meetings, involvement in Policy Formation and the development of literacy and numeracy initiatives such as the Science for Fun programme, Maths for Fun programme, One Book project and Maths Trail project, etc. The HSCL teacher also offers courses and classes to parents to help them in their personal development and so that they are able to help and encourage their child to learn and participate fully in school. An important aspect of the work of the HSCL is the networking and integration with local statutory and voluntary agencies, especially those that impinge directly on the families with children attending St. Paul’s. The HSCL Scheme integrates and liaises with other existing structures of parental support and contact in the school including close liaison with management, staff and key care personnel. The school has always had a welcoming policy around parental involvement and this is further demonstrated through high attendance rates at P-T meetings, Awards night and other meetings organised to inform and support parents.