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Improving school attendance: support for schools and LAs
The Department for Education has provided guidance for schools to support improving school attendance. Follow the link for the full guidance materials:
Supporting children in care and care leavers
The Children’s Commissioner’s Help at Hand service offers advice and assistance to children in care, children working with social services, children living away from home, and care leavers. Find out more about the service and how to contact the team here:
Supporting young carers
Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society, the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) programme works with schools across England to share good practice, provide relevant tools and training, and to celebrate the great outcomes that many schools achieve for young carers. Find out more about how to take part here:
The West Sussex young carers group have identified the following to 10 tips for supporting young carers in school:
Recognise that our responsibility as carers can affect our education and schoolwork
Find out about us, what we need and how we are not like other students
Take time to find out about individual problems at home. Sometimes we’re too embarrassed to tell you ourselves
Don’t automatically punish us if we’re late. Sometimes we can’t help being late because we’re helping out at home
Provide more support such as lunchtime drop-ins or homework clubs
Be flexible – give us more time and help to do homework or coursework
Include information about young carers and disability issues in PHSE lessons
Let us phone parents if we need to find out if they are OK
Make sure there is a clear and up to date community notice board which has support information for us and where else we can get help in the community
Ensure teachers are offered training on young carers and disability issues both at university and on inset days.
West Sussex young carers have also created:
- a guide for school leaders and governors to provide access to relevant information and advice in order to provide quality support for young carers within their educational setting.
- a guide for pastoral and other school support staff, to provide access to relevant information and advice in order to provide quality support for young carers within their educational setting.
A free to use survey tool to identify young carers: The Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA-YC18) is a questionnaire to be completed by young carers (an 18-item self-report measure) that can be used to provide an index (or score) of the total amount of caring activity undertaken by a child or young person.
A booklet created by Caring Together with young carers in year six for schools to carry out with their pupils to support their move to secondary school.
There is no lower age limit on being a young carer. Caring Together have produced this resource pack for schools focused on supporting young carers through Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You can download the resource pack here: