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About us

Find out more about who we are and what we do

OUR MISSION

 

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.

WE BELIEVE

  1. Parents play a significant role in influencing their children’s happiness and future. 

  2. All children should have fair chances and that socio-economic factors should not play a crucial role in determining a child’s future.

  3. Reliable and accessible information can make the difference.

Wherever we refer to ‘parents’ we mean ‘parents and carers.’ This includes grandparents, older siblings or any other  person with significant caring responsibilities for children.

 "Parental engagement has a large and positive effect on children’s learning"

Department for Education, Gov UK

OUR GUIDES


We've written a series of step-by-step guides aimed at supporting parents and carers 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.

Have a look inside:

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WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE

UNBIASED

We’re not trying to influence, just show what’s available

WRITING STYLE

Easy to read - like being with a friend

COMPREHENSIVE

We’ve done the research to help save you time

ONLINE

Available at home and on the go

PRESENTATION

We’ve kept things simple - magazine style

INTERACTIVE

Click to the sections that interest you most

OUR SERVICES

If you are an educational establishment and would like any of our products personalised with your school's logo and branding, email us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk.

 

If you are a business and would like to sponsor one of our guides or you would like us to develop an in-house guide specific to your company, we’d be happy to discuss this with you.

"Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools"

Harris & Goodall, University of Warwick

OUR REACH

# SCHOOLS

320

# PARENTS

120 000

# GUIDES

11

 

RESEARCH AT A GLANCE

 

Research shows that when parents and carers are involved in education, their children do better.  Benefits have been documented to include:

PARENT

  • 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

CHILD

  • More positive school experience 

  • Improved mental health

  • Happier and more self confident teens

  • Informed decision making

  • Better grades

SCHOOL

  • 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

OUR STORY

Vanessa and Darius first met working in a school. Together, they noticed the gap between what parents and carers 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, carers 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 11 guides, covering ages 14 to 19 and working with over 120,000 parents.

MEET THE FOUNDERS

 

Vanessa Green

 

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 Bluck

 

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 a trustee for Gap Africa and an advisor to a charity dedicated to improving parent-child relations.

"The effect of parental engagement over a student's school career is equivalent to adding two or three years to that student's education"

John Hattie, research paper