Callan is 14-years-old and goes to a mainstream school. He has ADHD and is also a young carer for his mum. He finds it very difficult to talk to the staff at school and gets into trouble for getting angry and running away.
Callan’s mum is unwell and too anxious to speak to his teachers about how Callan is feeling. Even though things at school weren’t going very well for Callan, he still had the right to an education.
The school then asked My Rights, My Say to find out what Callan felt the school could do differently to support him. Callan agreed to meet with a My Rights, My Say worker on an online video call. They spent time talking about his school day and Callan shared that he struggles in school because he can’t sit still. He also said he’s worried about his mum when he’s at school which distracts him.
By talking through his ideas about how the school could better support him with his learning, Callan and his school were able to put some things in place to help him. This included more time with an advocacy worker who helped Callan to support his relationship with the school. He also asked for the school to find out if he and his mum could get more help in the house as Callan felt overwhelmed looking after his mum.
This is just one example of how My Rights, My Say can help pupils aged 12-15 exercise their rights to be involved in decisions about their support in school. You can find out if they can help you on their website.