Melanie Harris, University of Wolverhampton
A study undertaken by NNECL reported 12 percent of care leavers entered HE by the age of 23 and although this has increased from previous estimates of 6 percent it is still considerably lower than other young people (42%). A2U is a progressive programme specifically targeting children in care to make informed choices about HE as their educational pathway. Working in partnership with four local authorities, it supports young people from KS3 to KS5 to view university as a viable route to achieve their potential and increase life chances.
This presentation will explore:
Laura Selby, Kendra Argile, Kelly Self, Lucy Scheinkonig plus Steven Brookfield and Abbie Clarke, Sheffield Young Carers, The University of Sheffield and Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp), Sheffield Hallam University
Caring responsibilities give young people incredible skills and experience but being a carer can also make studies and career choices seem completely out of reach. In Sheffield, we’ve been working collaboratively for many years to provide wide ranging initiatives for young carers/young adult carers to enable them to believe, achieve and follow their dreams.
This seminar will give participants the chance to hear student carers’ lived experiences about what helped them on their journeys into HE and to speak to the organisations that supported them along the way.