Neale-Wade Academy in March achieves Gold Young Carers Award
Neale-Wade Academy received a Gold award for its work to ensure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers.
The young carers in schools programme helps primary and secondary schools to improve outcomes for Young Carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
To achieve a Gold Award, Neale-Wade Academy had to demonstrate that it actively works with young carers and their families to reduce the caring roles of these young people.
The Academy was implemented a range of initiatives to support its students, including a dedicated young carers group which takes place weekly, providing peer support and a safe space to share their experiences. The Academy also provides individual tailored support to young carers. Alongside this, the Academy fundraises throughout the year to help support its young carers.
Hilary Hitch, senior leader for welfare at Neale Wade Academy. said: “I am delighted that the commitment Neale-Wade staff show to our young carers has been recognised with the young carers in Schools Gold Award. It is thoroughly deserved, and we will continue to support our young carers by recognising and reducing the barriers that can impact on their school life.”
A young carer at Neale-Wade Academy said: “To me, young carers is a group where I can go and talk to someone about my worries and gather my thoughts.”
Another young carer at the Academy added: “Being identified as a young carer has helped me get support with homework and revision’.
Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member. There are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.
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