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Harlowbury Primary given Silver Award for work with young carers

Education / Fri 8th Dec 2023 at 03:56pm

HARLOWBURY Primary School has been given the Silver Award for their work to make sure students don’t miss out on an education, because they are Young Carers.  

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award. 

“We are extremely proud of our Silver Award as it reflects our commitment to supporting our growing number of Young Carers and their families” reported Mrs Early the headteacher. 

“I enjoy Young Carers because I feel all the hard work I do is rewarded. I enjoy meeting other children and the activities like going to the movies and on a Forest Walk,” said Freddy at Harlowbury.  

Young Carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. The 2021 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 120,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 800,000 Young Carers in England, equivalent to one in 5 secondary aged school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.  

Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role. Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework states that inspectors will look at how well schools support young carers.  While some schools are doing this really well, others struggle and this causes real problems for Young Carers. 

To help schools support Young Carers, the programme offers a step-by-step guide for leaders, teachers and non-teaching staff, with practical tools designed to make it as easy as possible for schools. Staff receive training through webinars and events and the programme also features a newsletter each term highlighting relevant policy developments, spotlighting good practice and giving updates on the programme’s successes. 

To achieve their Silver Award Harlowbury Primary has demonstrated that it supports Young Carers in many ways, including awareness raising with pupils and staff, and by building links within the local community. Young Carers are consulted with, and vital information is made available to pupils and families, letting them know where to go for help.

 The programme is open to all schools in England and to sign up schools just need to visit www.youngcarersinschools.co

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