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    School Award Scheme 2016

    Entries are now open for The Herefordshire Young Carers Schools Awards.
    This year we are encouraging schools to nominate themselves for an award simply by clicking on the appropriate link below and completing a short entry form.

    To find out more about the awards and how to take part simply read the information below and decide whether to enter for Bronze, Silver or Gold.

    Schools will be notified of the standard they have achieved in the November and  awards will be presented at school shortly afterwards.

    Linda Haile, John Kyrle High School, receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Ian Stead and Susan Brace, Herefordshire Young Carers

    Linda Haile, John Kyrle High School, receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Ian Stead and Susan Brace, Herefordshire Young Carers

    Why have School Awards?

    The Herefordshire Young Carer School Awards aim to encourage and support schools in the provision of a high standard of support for Young Carers.

    The awards also recognises and rewards those schools who are already achieving a good level of support.

    The main objective is to improve the experience, attendance and attainment of Young Carers in their education to help them achieve their full potential despite the added responsibilities they face.

    By completing this award schools will be better equipped to support students with caring responsibilities to reach their potential whilst also providing for their individual needs.

    The standards

    The standards required to achieve an award are graded Bronze, Silver and Gold.

    The Bronze Award 

    School understands the needs of Young Carers and is working towards specific policies and procedures to meet these needs.

    To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

    • have a dedicated (named) member of staff to lead on supporting Young Carers and be in contact with Herefordshire Young Carers Service
    • be working towards a Young Carers policy and including Young Carers on registration form
    • hold a record of all identified Young Carers and show Young Carers are consulted and listened to
    • have information available to support staff and pupils to identify Young Carers (eg Herefordshire Young Carers leaflets, posters, etc)

     

    The Silver Award

    School has a named Carers Lead, a Young Carers Policy and routinely registers Young Carers with our service

    To achieve this standard, schools will need to evidence the following:

    • Carers Lead maintains regular contact with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and school makes direct referrals from school registration
    • a Young Carers policy is in place and other policies are updated to include Young Carers
    • aware of all Young Carers identified and track and monitoring their progress
    • ensure young people, parents/guardians and staff and governors are aware of Young Carers
    • ensure staff receive training around Young Carers and are sensitive to their needs
    • Young Carers and their parents/guardians are consulted and listened to
    • Young Carers are able to check on family/’cared for’ at times of greater need

      Claire Whitehall receives the Silver Award for Aylestone Business & Enterprise College with Ian Stead and Susan Brace, Herefordshire Young Carers

      Claire Whitehall receives the Silver Award for Aylestone Business & Enterprise College with Ian Stead and Susan Brace, Herefordshire Young Carers

    The Gold Award

    School has a named Carers Lead who regularly engages with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and other Leads, routinely registers Young Carers with Herefordshire Young Carers Service and has Young Carer Policies and procedures in place to ensure that Young Carers attain the same level of educational achievement as their peers and can access after school activities and interests.

    To achieve this standard, school will need to evidence the following:

    • the Young Carers Lead is monitoring and reporting the effectiveness and delivery of policies
    • evidence that Young Carers achieve in line with their peers and pupil support plans are in place where appropriate
    • ensure the wider community are aware of Young Carers
    • areas of curriculum focus on Young Carers
    • Young Carers and their parents/guardians are regularly consulted and listened to
    • strategies in place for Young Carers to be supported to think about their future
    • ensure that Young Carers attend and enjoy extra-curricular activities

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      David Haylock of the Hereford Academy receives his certificatge of appreciation.

    How to Enter

    Simply click on the standard of award you wish to enter:

    Bronze

    Silver

    Gold

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