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Pupil Voice: What schools can do to support me as a young carer

It’s difficult because you have to juggle the two together (- school and home). You’ve got to multi- task. We’re really working hard in our own home. We’re having so much stress, that we’re not used to it as we’re kids – we’re not meant to go through it.

I think that people need to understand that being a young carer is hard because you’re looking after a person who struggles to do daily tasks that we take for granted.

Tips from young carers about what schools can do to help them:

  1. Be considerate and offer extra support.
  2. In schools there should be more awareness about what a young carer is so that people don’t just think you’re skiving.
  3. It would help if teachers know what we have to go through. If we’re late they should give us less hassle.
  4. Help by explaining things more because we’re often tired and can’t really focus in class. Possible extensions, maybe lunch time classes to help.
  5. Teachers should give other pupils lessons [about young carers] in school so we don’t have to explain to all the school what a young carer is.
  6. School can be quite stressful. Teachers don’t really know why we haven’t got homework in on time or why we can’t afford to buy text books. It helps if teachers are discreet because otherwise they can cause the young person to be labelled and that’s not always a good thing.
  7. Give us that little bit of extra help because we’re also helping someone else.
  8. Take the time to step back and listen to what we have to say.
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“Schools need to give a helping hand to young carers, otherwise they may not progress in school. They need to care for those who care for others.”

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