At the Young Carers Project in Coventry, we believe all young people should be given the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.
Through appropriate support, and a regular presence within primary schools the Education Worker aims to raise awareness of young carers and enable schools to help reduce the impact of caring responsibilities on education.
The Education Worker will provide support to schools in different ways; running awareness assemblies, staff training, referring to our Young Carers and Family Support Worker for 1:1 support, attending meetings, running information/drop in sessions and PSHE lessons.
The Education Worker will also be working with primary schools across Coventry in implementing the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) Programme, a joint initiative being run by the Carers Trust National and The Children’s Society. This scheme aims to enable schools across Coventry to effectively provide a high standard of support for Young Carers in their schools, and increase educational attainment and attendance.
The YCiS Programme outlines 5 Standards to be met, which are Understand, Inform, Identify, Listen and Support young carers. Once these 5 standards are in place and schools are able to evidence the criteria outlined by the programme, schools can then go on to achieve Bronze - where they have basic provisions in place, Silver – where schools are going beyond the basics and up to Gold - where schools are awarded for their best practice in supporting young carers.
To find out what each award level looks like in practice, please read the YCiS pdf downloadable below.
To get in touch with our Young Carers Education Worker please fill in the form below.