Home School Community Liaison Home Page

Welcome to our Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Section of our FVC website.

My name is Ashlean Mc Geehan and I am the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Coordinator at Finn Valley College.

Click on the image below to listen to my introduction

Video Presentation on the Role of the HSCL in Finn Valley College

Ms Mc Geehan is an integral member of our school staff and works to unify and connect both the school, the home, and the community.

The HSCL scheme operates in a spirit of partnership and collaboration with parents and teachers, while at the same time, being part of an ongoing and wider integrated services approach to children’s educational welfare.

The thrust of the HSCL scheme is preventative, ensuring that interventions are put in place, that will impact positively on parents and children, to improve educational outcomes.

It encourages a whole-school approach to improving attendance, participation, and retention in education. The scheme is solution-focused, building on the strengths of parents and carers through empowerment and capacity-building. Visiting families in their home setting is a crucial element in establishing trust, assessing needs, and monitoring the effect of plans and interventions put in place to bring about improved outcomes for children.

Part of my role includes:

  • Visiting parents at home to offer advice and support with their child’s education
  • Maybe they are not attending as often as they should be, are having trouble in their friendship groups or find it difficult to get organised for school. I am here to offer a friendly ear and support if it’s needed.
  • Organising courses and activities for parents. For example, Google Classroom Workshop, Mental Health Awareness, walking groups, etc.
  • Take a look at some of the things parents have been up to!

You can contact me on 087 350 1208 or by email at ashleanmcgeehan@donegaletb.ie

Have a read of my Donegal ETB Blog about supports in transitioning to post-primary school