I find it hard to complete school work on time due to my carer’s duties. What support can I get in school?

You should not be punished in school if you are struggling due to your duties as a carer. If you are having trouble with school or homework, you can ask your teachers for support.

The Education Authority (EA) has produced a booklet to help teachers understand young carers and the support that you might need – you can view it here.

The guidance from the EA explains many ways that your school can help you, some examples include:

•            putting you in touch with your local young carers service

•            arranging a young carers worker to talk to you

•            delivering a lesson about young carers at your school

My school policy states no mobile phones during school hours, but I need to stay in contact with the person I care for. What can I do?

You should speak to a teacher that you trust to check if your school would allow you to use a telephone at break and lunchtime so you can check on the person that you are caring for.

Do I have to tell my school/teachers that I am a young carer?

You do not have to tell your school; however, it might help to be honest about your home situation as you may be able to get extra help and support in school.

There should be a designated person who you can talk to about being a carer in school. If you aren’t sure who this person is, you could try speaking to a teacher that you trust. You can ask them to let all of your teachers and any other relevant staff members know that you are a young carer so you don’t need to explain this over and over again to different people.

All school staff should make sure that any information you tell them is confidential (this means to keep your information private and to only share with others if it is necessary) to protect your privacy and dignity (this means to be valued and respected).

How will Vocational Courses be graded this year?

For CCEA’s Occupational Studies, Entry Level and Vocationally Related qualifications there will be no formal assessment in 2021. Instead, teachers will be asked to use their professional judgement and the evidence available to them in order to reach a Centre Determined Grade.

I’m in year 11, will my grades count towards year 12?

Unfortunately, if you are in Year 11 or below and you wanted to ‘cash-in’ GCSE qualifications this summer, you will not be awarded any GCSE qualifications in 2021. However, there are two exceptions to this:

a) Those taking GCSE Maths who plan to progress to GCSE Further Maths in Year 12 will be awarded grades; and,

b) Grades will be awarded to GCSE Irish students who may progress to GCSE Gaelige or require it for progression to other courses delivered in Irish.