Fair Start is a campaign to ensure young carers in schools are included in the groups of children that already receive government funding.
Carers Trust want the government to give extra funding to schools so they can support young carers to have the same life chances as everyone else.
Carers Trust know that young carers in school need extra help. What form this takes will be different depending on the pupil and their circumstances so a great way get young carers the help they need is from something called the Pupil Premium. This is extra money that the government gives each school to give schoolchildren a helping hand who would otherwise struggle.
Statistics on young carers struggling in school
However, young carers aren't included in the groups of children that receive the extra support. That is why we launched 'Fair Start' to ask the government to include young carers.
We know that young carers struggle in school because of their caring role.
- 166,363 young carers under 18 years old (of which 110,073 are under 16) have been identified. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Research suggests as many as 1 in 12 children at school is a young carer. That's two young carers per class.
- At least 32,661 children care for at least 20 hours per week
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied in school because of their caring role
- Young carers get much lower grades in school – a recent survey showed the most common grade to be D’s at GCSE.
- Carers Trust wants Pupil Premium to be given to all young carers so they can get the same life chances as everyone else.
In April 2015 a group of young carers took our Fair Start petition to the Department for Education to ask the government to include them in the Pupil Premium.