Home School Community Liaison Scheme (HSCL)


The Home School Community Liaison Scheme (HSCL) is targeted at students who are at risk of not reaching their potential in the educational system because of economic or social disadvantage.

The HSCL Scheme aims to:

  • Maximise the participation of the children in the learning process, in particular those who might be at risk of failure
  • Promote active co-operation between home, school and relevant community agencies in promoting the educational interests of the children
  • Work with parents to prepare and support them as a resource to their own children and encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education
  • Enhance the children's uptake from education, their retention in the educational system, their continuation to post-compulsory education and to third level and their attitudes to life-long learning
  • Disseminate the positive outcomes of the Scheme throughout the school system generally

A National Co-ordinator and Assistant National Co-ordinators advise on and support the development of the Scheme, liaise with participants at local level and provide a link between local and national levels.

The home school liaison co-ordinator has access to specific funding and this is provided by the Department of Education.

Where to apply

Social Inclusion Unit

The Department of Education

Tel: (090) 648 4111

Further information

The Home School Community Liaison Scheme was established in 1990. Teachers were initially appointed as liaison officers in a number of primary schools throughout the State in areas of urban disadvantage. In 1991 the scheme was extended to post-primary schools. The HSCL Scheme was extended in 2005 and again in 2017 under DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools).

You can find information about the Home School Community Liaison Scheme on the Department of Education website.

Page edited: 21 December 2020