When you look after someone, it can be hard to do well at school. You may feel anxious or struggle to hand in your homework on time. School can help in some ways.
There are lots of ways teachers can make life easier for you. Having someone to talk to can make you feel better, and they can give advice on what could help.
It is helpful for your teachers to know that sometimes you will have a lot on your mind. They will have a better understanding of why you may be late to school or handing in homework.
They may be able to help you with:
Some schools have a group for young carers to get together and do fun things. You may like having friends who know what it is like to look after someone.
Ask your teacher if there is a group or if they could start one.
If your mum or dad struggles to attend parents’ evenings, your teacher may be able to help. They could speak to them over the phone, email or video call.
Every school is different in the support they offer.
Some schools have one or more teachers who support young carers. You can sometimes find out who they are on the school’s website.
If you don’t know who they are or there isn’t one, you could get help from:
It can be hard to be open and say what has been going on at home. But you may feel better when you do.
Have a look at these ideas on starting a conversation or text Sidekick for a bit of extra support
It can be frustrating when talking to a teacher or someone else at school doesn’t change anything.
It is not your fault you didn’t get support.
You could try: