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 people with caring responsibilities said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).
Young Carers in Schools is an England-wide initiative run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners that aims to make it as easy as possible for schools to support this vulnerable pupil group and awards good practice.
Schools across England will gain support through the organisations to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training. By taking part in the programme, schools will be able to show they are meeting the needs of these young people, something which was specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook.