Commenting on Ofsted’s report into the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium, Moira Fraser, Director of Policy at Carers Trust, said:

“While Ofsted’s findings into the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium are disappointing, with only one in ten schools claiming that is has a ‘significant’ effect, Carers Trust believes that the funding still has great potential, especially for pupils who are young carers.

“Many schools are doing great work in supporting young carers, helping to improve their wellbeing, attendance and attainment.

“However we know this is not the case across the board and would urge all schools to use the Pupil Premium in new, targeted ways to support this disadvantaged group. This funding has the potential to make a real difference to the current and future lives of young carers, and it is essential that they get the support they need now.”

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Carers Trust response to Committee Chair rejecting Government non-response on employment support for carers

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 

“What hope is there for England’s five million unpaid carers who are having a hard time juggling work and their caring roles, when the very committee overseeing the Department for Work and Pensions suggests the Department needs to ‘go away and try again’.

Carers Trust response to Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 
“It is unclear how young carers’ mental health will be improved and supported based on the government’s response to this consultation. It feels very limited in its ambition.

Carers Trust responds to Care Quality Commission’s Beyond Barriers report

Speaking today, Giles Meyer, CEO, said:

“The findings of the CQC’s Beyond Barriers report are not a surprise, based on what Carers Trust regularly hears from local carers services and unpaid carers: local health and social care systems are not working together effectively for older people.