Getting the right help in school – Two new guides from Enquire explain young people’s rights

Getting the most out of education can be difficult if you are looked after or struggling to be in school. That’s why Enquire have produced two news guides to help young people understand their rights to support in school.

‘What happens when you can’t go to school?’ will help young people understand their rights to get support so they can carry on with their learning even when they are not at school. The guide considers a number of reasons young people might be away from school including being ill, thumb caring for a family member, being excluded, home schooled, from a travelling community or a refugee.

‘Extra Help at School when you are looked after’ will help looked after pupils understand their rights to extra support and what that support might be. It explains how they can be involved in making decisions about their learning and the planning that should be in place for them as they prepare to leave school.

Created with help from children and young people, the guides are an essential tool for all those working with young people who aren’t in school or who are looked after. Short and easy to read, like all Enquire’s resources, it has been accredited by the Plain Language Commission. The guides can be used as a teaching resource for a whole class or with individual pupils.

Both guides can be downloaded from the Enquire website:

http://enquire.org.uk/yp/downloads.php?publication=12

http://enquire.org.uk/yp/downloads.php?publication=13