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Schools and Colleges


Young Carer Award 

The Young Carer Award is a lottery funded project which has been successfully running since 2015 in partnership with schools and colleges across Swindon. The project involves making changes to the way schools and colleges respond to the needs of young carers. This includes improving how teachers and other staff identify and assess young carers. A voluntary member of staff is appointed to take on the lead role of looking after the young carers in school or college.


To achieve the award schools and colleges must complete 3 sets of standards from Standard 1 to Standard 3 with the highest level of young carer support. On achieving all standards, the school/college is presented with the Young Carers Award. A follow up review takes place every 9 months to ensure everything is still in place.


Ongoing support is offered throughout the year from the Schools Development Manager and 1:1 sessions with Young Carers from Swindon Carers Centre’s support practitioners if required.


The benefit to young carers having this support from the schools or colleges has proven to be invaluable and through having raised awareness and embedded the standards in schools and colleges, a lot more young carers have been recognised and supported.  This has led to the Ambassador Award.  This is where schools and colleges have gone above and beyond what they have to do to support young carers in their schools. Each year, 4 schools are chosen to attend a celebration event for a presentation of the award.



Young Carer Champion Award

In 2018 Swindon Carers Centre was successful in their bid to the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Grant to create and deliver a new Young Carer Champion Award . This award builds on the success of work previously undertaken with the Young Carer Award.


The Young Carer Champion Award in partnership with Swindon schools will, over a three-year period, ensure that Swindon Carers Centre will continue to work with the schools, academies and colleges on the Young Carer Award and recruit further new schools.


The Young Carer Champion Award responds to the feedback from young carers that they would like to lead the way in their schools on support issues for young carers. They have worked with Swindon Carers Centre to develop the AQA accredited Young Carer Champion Award, where they will work with their young carer leads to ensure all young carers in their schools and local communities have a voice.


AQA, formerly the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, is an awarding body in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It compiles specifications and holds examinations in various subjects at GCSE, AS and A Level and offers vocational qualifications. AQA is a registered charity and independent of the government. However, its qualifications and exam syllabi are regulated by the Government of the United Kingdom, which is the regulator for the public examinations system in England and Wales.


The Benefits of the AQA Champion Award

The benefits are is that it shows students what they can do rather than can’t.

  • If students miss school due to caring role this gives them a chance to get an accreditation and recognition on what they have achieved.
  • The units are customised to suit the individual.
  • A source of engagement.
  • Self-esteem raised when formally recognised for their efforts.
  • A stepping stone to other awards and qualifications.
  • Many students have submitted their AQA Certificates to UCAS when applying to University to
  • evidence their extracurricular achievement.
  • There are no limits to how many certificates they can achieve.

Students are registered by Swindon Carers Centre for the academic year.


All young carers should be recognised valued and supported and overall our aim is to provide support to all young carers in every school and college in Swindon.