Young Carers: Stark impact on primary school outcomes

Primary schools are being urged to do more to identify young carers after a research report revealed the stark impact of their caring role on attendance, attainment and learning outcomes.
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A report published by MYTIME Young Carers, a national charity that supports young carers, has revealed a significant impact on reading, writing and maths outcomes.

It finds that only 51% of young carers reach age-related expectations in reading compared to 70% of their peers. For writing, the picture is worse with 39% reaching age-related expectations (compared to 63%).

And in maths, 49% of young carers reach age-related expectations compared to 73% of their peers.

The conversation about young carers often focuses on secondary-age children, however research last year by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Young Carers and Young Adult Carers warned that there could be as many as one million young carers aged 5 to 16 in the school system – with thousands aged as young as 7 and even 5.

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