Ridgeway Academy take the welfare of our young carers very seriously and have recently put a number of initiatives in place to support them. We will provide them with support and guidance as well a safe place to go within school. We will be also setting up regular forums with our Young Carers to ensure they receive the very best support.
Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners, are working with schools across England to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training. This initiative is funded by The Queen’s Trust and Big Lottery Fund.
By taking part in the programme, Ridgeway Academy will be able to show they are meeting the needs of this particularly vulnerable pupil group (specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook).
Research shows that:
- 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Bs and nine Cs.
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Turst, 2013).
If you know of a student who may be undertaking Young Carer responsibilities and needs support, please do not hesitate to contact the school and speak to:-
Mr Booth – Young Carers School Operational Lead
Mrs Airey – Student Liaison Officer
Mrs Simmonds – Inclusion Co-ordinator