Concerned that teachers can often be unaware of a young carer’s needs in the classroom, a group from Stirling want schools to be better at spotting when a student may be struggling.
Seventeen-year-old Myles Stretton and his team, who are all young carers, are highlighting the challenges others like them face in order to create more understanding of those with similar experiences.
‘This is all about how much we have to face with school and our responsibilities at home,’ explains Myles.
‘We want to raise awareness of young carers and what type of pressure they are under having to balance home and school work.
‘I had experiences of teachers getting angry at me for not completing homework.
‘But sometimes, there is nothing a young carer can do.’
With the help of Fixers, the group have created a film to raise awareness.
Set in a classroom, the short piece highlights the need for teachers and professionals to be more understanding of a young carer’s situation.
Watch the group’s film “Thinking Aloud” at the top of this page.
‘I think the film is very good at getting the point across,’ adds Myles.
‘We want to get it into schools to show what young carers go through every day and for teachers to understand.
‘They need to know.’
To see other resources on this issue, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.