2,000 Pupils Miss School to Be Carers; in the Third Part of Our Series on Denbighshire's Big Plan to Improve Living Standards in the County We Look at Its Third Goal - 'To Ensure Children and Young People Achieve and Have Skills for Life" Youngsters' Learning to Be Tailored to Fit in around Home Lives and Keep Them in Education
Byline: KELLY BARKER
AROUND 500 youngsters in Denbighshire are missing out on their education to care for a family member for more than 50 hours a week.
That's another startling statistic to emerge from the county's 'Big Plan' which reveals a total of 2,000 young carers are skipping school to look after relatives.
The report aims to see that children and young people achieve and have skills for life by tailoring education to their needs.
They will also be given emotional and practical support as well as help to deal juggle their household duties with managing schoolwork.
The plan will target children who are looked after, disabled, young carers, high achievers as well as those who are living in poverty, in a bid to get them to "participate effectively Vote for your couple today - P23-25 "participate effectively in education, employment, training or any other meaningful activity". More will be done to establish which pupils are struggling to cope with dependent relatives from an early age, under the latest Young Carers Strategy. The plan also highlights figures that show pupils attending high schools in deprived areas are less likely to achieve five A* to C GCSEs and vocational grades than those in better-off parts of Denbighshire. But the number of Year 11 people not in education, employment or training dropped to 4.4% in 2009 from 6.2% in 2008 (below the all Wales average).
Denbighshire is currently boasts the lowest number of children excluded for a fixed term.
Karen Evans, Denbighshire Council's head of school improvement and inclusion said the plan ensures schools have "more robust systems of discipline management," to encourage pupils to behave and have respect in the classroom. …