Young carers experience particular challenges that impact on their capacity to engage in learning. Education settings are best placed to identify and support the needs of young carers and raise their attendance and attainment levels. Carers Trust Solihull extends our work to schools and colleges and assist to achieve this by:
- Having 1 – 1 sessions in schools
- Drop ins
Research shows that:
- 1 in 12 school children are young carers
- 27% of young carers (aged 11–15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems)
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Bs and nine Cs
- They are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring role
In September 2015 the Common Inspection Framework for Education, Skills and Early Years committed inspectors to consider young carers as a pupil group.
Young Carers in Schools programme is an exciting England-wide initiative that aims to make it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awards good practice. It enables school to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training.
Carers Trust Solihull can assist you to find out more and/or implement the scheme in your school or college. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We also hold 2 training events per year on how to implement the award in your school, college or university
What does the programme have to offer schools?
The Young Carers in Schools programme has a range of benefits and resources to offer schools, including:
- The Young Carers in Schools Award, which enables schools to gain recognition for effective practice
- A Step-by-Step Guide for school leaders, teachers and non-teaching staff
- A series of Webinars, which unpick different criteria in the Young Carers in Schools Award – these free 30 minutes sessions make raising outcomes and getting recognition as easy as possible
- A termly e-newsletter that spotlights good practice, highlights relevant policy development and shares key dates from the programme
- Access to a range of events aimed a professional development for teachers and schools staff and opportunities for coordinators to share learning.
Applying for an award provides the unique opportunity for your school to gain England-wide recognition for good practice, and to showcase the quality your school’s vital support for young carers to pupils, families and Ofsted.