Find out more about who we are and what we do
Providing parents with the information they need to help their teenage children create successful futures ...
... so that every child has support both at home and at school and every parent knows how to guide their children in making the right choices for them.
Parents play a significant role in influencing their children’s happiness and future.
All children should have fair chances and that socio-economic factors should not play a crucial role in determining a child’s future.
Reliable and accessible information can make the difference.
"Parental engagement has a large and positive effect on children’s learning"
Department for Education, Gov UK
We've written a series of step-by-step guides aimed at supporting parents to help their children. Our online guides provide parents with simple, interactive and easy to follow advice, hyperlinks to reliable sources and the most up-to-date information on topics such as apprenticeships, university, effective revision and what to do on results day.
They are designed to inform, involve and guide parental support leading to greater success for their children.
WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE
"Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools"
Harris & Goodall, University of Warwick
RESEARCH AT A GLANCE
Research shows that when parents are involved in education, their children do better. Benefits have been documented to include:
Better parent - child relations
Knowing how to help their children
Being able to provide constructive and positive support
Improved relationship with the school
More confidence in dealing with their children’s challenges
More positive school experience
Improved mental health
Happier and more self confident teens
Informed decision making
Better communication with parents
Less work for teachers and managers
Better academic outcomes
Lessons taught in the classroom reinforced at home
Better engagement and behaviour with pupils
"Meaningful parental engagement is helping schools unlock the potential of vulnerable and disadvantaged children"
Professor Sonia Blandford
Vanessa and Darius first met working in a school. Together, they noticed the gap between what parents wanted to know about the university application process and what was readily available. It seemed a gap they could fill, so they set about writing their first guide: The Parents’ Guide to University. Vanessa and Darius were overwhelmed by the response from parents and schools, along with requests for other guides. This marked the start of The Parents Guide to ...
Since the idea of the first guide in 2016, The Parents Guide to has continued to evolve and now has 10 guides, covering ages 14 to 19 and working with over 20,000 parents.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
Vanessa has written award-winning workplace programmes in healthcare, women’s empowerment, HIV education as well as technical user guides. She has trained trainers and peer educators in over 70 countries worldwide, focusing on education tools that provide minimum standards of education but are adaptable to meet the needs of different people in different countries from Board level executives to local communities. She has seen first hand the powerful impact information has to change lives for the better.
Vanessa has been a consultant with the Society of Heads since 2014 and spent three years as business planning manager to the Headmaster of a senior school.
Darius has worked across a range of different schools from academies, independent schools (day and boarding) to pupil referral units. As well as teaching, he has experience working as a Faculty leader, Community Outreach Advisor and Deputy Housemaster. He enjoys working closely with career and sixth-form departments supporting parents with their children’s post-16 and post-18 options. He holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership.
In his spare time, Darius enjoys travelling and visiting new places. He is also an advisor to Family Support Solutions, a charity dedicated to improving parent-child relations.