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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.

Summer 2020: Getting ahead during the summer holidays

Written for parents of teenagers between 14 and 18, this guide includes information on how their children can find out more about themselves and what they like, develop life skills, stand out from others, understand apprenticeships, select the right university and the UCAS application process, write a personal statement and other options if academic learning is not for them.​ 

Coping with school closures

To help you while schools remain closed we've developed: The Parents' Guide to coping with school closures to help parents guide their children in making the most out of their time at home, and protect their family's mental and physical health.

Support during lockdown

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

2020 - 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

Articles on university and the UCAS application:

Articles on apprenticeships:

Articles on Post 16 options:

Have a question?

Every parent has questions about their child's education. Click here to browse through answers to common questions or ask your own! We'll try our hardest to help.

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

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Meaningful parental engagement is helping schools unlock the potential of vulnerable

and disadvantaged children

Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder of Achievement for All

"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.