Working with Education

Both national and local research tells us that Young Carers often underachieve in the education system however; Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project believes this needn’t be the case. We believe in the importance of a successful and enjoyable education and desire that all Young Carers are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential despite their caring responsibilities.

We have found that, on average, in a High School of 1,000 pupils there are at least 50 whose lives are in some way affected by the long term illness or disability of someone close to them. Not all of these young people will need support all of the time but, it is likely that many could benefit from some additional support, both from their school and from the Young Carers Service.

We have found that many young people do not wish to discuss their caring responsibilities with friends and teachers through fear of isolation, stigma and bullying. However, with the right supportive environment this needn’t be the case. Staff already work closely with a number of schools and educational professionals to help raise awareness of the needs of Young Carers and to support individual needs to help reduce the impact of caring responsibilities on their education.

Staff can provide support to schools in a number of ways to help raise the awareness of the needs of Young Carers and to help support individual needs. This could be through CAF meetings, staff meetings, information sessions or assemblies. To discuss any details of how we might be able to help support your school to support the Young Carers who attend please contact us.

Another way that we can support schools is through the Warwickshire Young Carers Schools Award programme.

Warwickshire Young Carers Schools Award

The Warwickshire Young Carers Schools Award aims to encourage and support schools to work toward provision of a high standard of support for Young Carers attending their school. The primary objective is to improve the experience; attendance and attainment of Young Carers in their education so that they might go on to achieve their full potential despite the added responsibilities they must face.

The award programme has been developed in line with objectives detailed in the Warwickshire Joint Carers’ Strategy 2012 – 2015. Of which, one of the key outcomes aims that Young Carers are able to thrive and achieve their educational goals.

It is hoped that by completing this award schools will be better equipped to support students with caring responsibilities to reach their potential whilst also providing for their individual needs. Completion of this award could help a Young Carer make an informed decision on which school to attend if they have a choice.


Schools that have reached GOLD level include:

Our Lady and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School / Dunchurch Boughton Junior School / Cubbington C of E Primary School / St Paul’s C of E Primary School / Wembrook Primary School / Dordon Primary School / Henry Hinde Junior School / St Francis Catholic Primary School / Hillmorton Primary School / Michael Drayton Junior School / Camp Hill Primary School / Milverton Primary School / Stockingford Primary School / Bilton Junior School / Kineton High School


Schools that have reached SILVER level include:

Kineton C of E Primary School / Race Ley Infant School / Ettington Primary School / St Michael's C of E Primary School / Welford on Avon Primary School / Brookhurst Primary School / George Eliot School / Myton School / Nicholas Chamberlain Technology College


Schools who have reached BRONZE level include:

Lighthorne Heath Primary School / Sydenham Primary School / Coten End Primary School / Cawston Grange Primary School / Boughton Leigh Juniors School / St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Nuneaton / Shipston-on-Stour Primary School / Brownsover Community School / Bilton Infant School /  Paddox Primary School / Ettington C of E Primary School / Lillington Primary School / Ash Green School / Bilton School / Etone Community School and Technology College / Hartshill School / North Leamington Community School and Arts College / Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College / Shipston High School


The standards

The standards required for this award are graded Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The Bronze Award – Established

To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

• have a dedicated member of staff to lead on supporting Young Carers and in contact with Young Carers Service
• implement a Young Carers policy and include Young Carers on registration form
• hold a record of all identified Young Carers  and show Young Carers are consulted and listened to
• ensure young people, parents/guardians and staff are aware of Young Carers
• promote and share good practice about Young Carers
• have information including schools pack to support staff to identify Young Carers
• have pathways in place for Young Carers to be referred to the Young Carers Service
• Young Carers are consulted and listened to
• show Young Carers are supported with attendance, attainment and their experience
• show flexibility for negotiating punishments for Young Carers
• ensure that Young Carers have access  to extra-curricular activities
• ensure adequate accessibility and arrangements to access the school

The Silver Award – Effective

To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

• maintain effective contact with the Young Carers Service and carry out direct referrals from school registration
• ensure a Young Carers policy is in place and other policies updated to include Young Carers
• aware of all Young Carers identified and track and monitoring their progress
• ensure young people, parents/guardians and staff and governors are aware of Young Carers
• ensure staff receive training around Young Carers and are sensitive to their needs
• Young Carers  and their parents/guardians are consulted and listened to
• Support for Young Carers is well established and meets their needs
• ensure school nurses are accessible and Young Carers are supported to think about their future
• ensure that Young Carers attend and enjoy extra-curricular activities
• Young Carers are able to check on family/’cared for’ at times of greater need

The Gold Award – Proactive

To achieve this standard, school will need to evidence the following:

• have a dedicated governor to lead on supporting Young Carers and governors receive training
• the Young Carers Lead is monitoring the effectiveness and delivery of policies
• ensure that Young Carers achieve in line with their peers and pupil support plans are in place where appropriate
• ensure the wider community are aware of Young Carers
• areas of curriculum focus on Young Carers
• identify and refer Young Carers to the Young Carers Service for an extended period of time.
• aware of, in contact with and make referrals to other agencies
• Young Carers  and their parents/guardians are regularly consulted and listened to
• strategies in place for Young Carers to be supported to think about their future
• Peer support/mentoring in place where needed
• during periods of family crisis additional plans are in place to support Young Carers

Getting Started

For more information on this award programme please contact the office on 02476 217740.

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