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The Parents’ Guide to provides parents and carers with the information they need at GCSE and sixth form to help their teenage children create successful futures. 

We offer free advice and support, opportunities for parents to ask questions on our Q&A pages, access to a wide range of resources as well as the opportunity to purchase our online and interactive guides

The Parents' Guide to Careers - for National Careers Week 2021

It’s National Careers Week 1-6 March and to celebrate we’ve teamed up with NCW to create a free guide to help parents understand their child's vocational options. Whether they're in Year 10 and starting to think about what they might like to do when their GCSEs are over, or whether they're 18 and making plans for adulthood, our guide will help parents understand what choices their children have (if they don't want to stay in full-time education) and what action they can take to get them to the next stage.

The Parents' Guide to studying for exams in 2020-2021

If you’re wondering how to keep your teen on track with their studies now schools are closed and they no longer have the incentive to work towards examinations, we’ve created a guide written specifically to help you with the situation as it stands now.

Homelife & study

The home environment has a major impact on a child’s physical and mental health. Download this free guide to find out what you can do to make your child’s homelife the supportive infrastructure they need.

Support during lockdown

Browse our support pages with articles on the very latest changes and developments to your child's education.

2021 - Awareness themes, days and events calendar:

A calendar of awareness days, weeks and months to make sure you never miss an opportunity to engage with your parents. Includes short descriptions plus hyperlinks to further details and resources. 

94% of parents were confident that their involvement would help their children at school
Review of best practice in parental engagement - Department for Education

Exams, health and wellbeing:

The Parents' Guide to managing exam nerves

Support for parents in recognising signs of anxiety and stress in their children as well as strategies and recommendations for managing stress, practical ways to help and where and when to get further support.

We have 50 years of research showing that what families do matters. Whether it’s loving school, university access, good attendance, or academic success, family engagement has positive correlations with all sorts of indicators

Dr Mapp - Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Careers resources:

Helping your child plan for an open day: download here

Helping your child choose the right university course: download here

Apprenticeship vs degree - summary of pros and cons: download here

Articles on university and the UCAS application:

Articles on apprenticeships:

Articles on Post 16 options:

Other resources:

Justice for Lai Dai Han (JLDH) is a group that gives a voice to the victims of sexual violence. Part of their work seeks to raise awareness and to create public art as a permanent reminder of the plight of the Lai Dai Han.

The Parents' Guide to produces online educational packs for students and young adults looking at the role of art in advocacy movements and how sexual violence in conflict affects victims and communities around the world. You can download these resources by clicking on the links below:

 "Parental engagement has a large and positive effect on children’s learning"
Department for Education, Gov UK

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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.