Schools and Young Carers

Ofsted’s Schools Inspection Handbook framework states: “Inspection is primarily about evaluating how well individual pupils benefit from their school.  It is important to test the school’s response to individual needs by observing how well it helps all pupils to make progress and fulfil their potential.” It includes young carers as those with protected characteristics whose achievements it may be relevant to pay particular attention to. (Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook, September 2014, No 120101)

“We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to education, regardless of what is happening at home and that no child should have to take on inappropriate or excessive caring responsibilities”.

Research shows that young carers often fare less well than their peers in education, may be subject to bullying, suffer isolation and more likely to experience poverty. It is recognised that schools can offer significant support to young carers.  A Model School Policy is available for Schools and we would urge all Schools to have a Young Carers Policy in place with a named designated person in school.

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