Sexey’s School wins award for young carer support
One of the Quantock Education Trust's Secondary School Sexey’s School has been given a Bronze award for their work to make sure students don’t miss out on a high quality 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.
Helen Cullen, Headteacher of Sexey’s School said “I am immensely proud of the staff at Sexey's School who work hard to establish and sustain strong relationships with students, so that they feel valued, cared for and supported. The Pastoral Team, led by Mrs Clare Wilson, are an inspiration to us all, going above and beyond to support students, especially our Young Carers. I am very grateful for the support we have received from the Young Carers in School programme, and I am delighted that Clare Wilson has led the school's work in this area and that it has been recognised and celebrated through Sexey's becoming the first school in the local authority of Somerset to gain the Bronze Award.”
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 can also 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 Bronze Award Sexey’s School has demonstrated that it supports young carers in many ways, including homework clubs and drop-in sessions with a member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of pupils. Vital information about how to identify young carers is made available to all school staff, and noticeboards and the school webpage let students and their families 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.com
Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, today congratulated Award-winning schools, saying: “The Young Carers in Schools programme is helping to transform schools and support staff across England. Schools play a vital role in a young carer’s life, as many care for relatives without their teachers even knowing what they do. On average young carers will miss a day of school each month as a result of their caring role, so the steps schools take to identify and support them can have a huge impact on their learning, wellbeing and life chances.”
Helen Leadbitter, national young carers lead at The Children’s Society, is delighted that the Young Carers in Schools Programme is bringing about national change.
“Hundreds of schools across England are participating in the Young Carers in Schools programme, using the tools and resources to improve their support systems, and ensuring that no child need miss out on educational opportunities because they are a carer. 74% of schools who have achieved a Young Carers in Schools Award have noticed improved attendance amongst their young carers, and 94% have noticed improvements in their wellbeing and confidence.”