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June 2021 newsletter

The Parents' Guide to

June newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We hope you enjoyed half term and are now ready for the countdown to year end. This month we’ve focused on a variety of resources to guide parents in helping their teens think and prepare for next steps after GCSE or sixth form, as well as our regular updates on what’s happening in the world of education. Do reply to this email if there are other things you’d like to see included in our monthly newsletters and look out for July's edition with a link to our free downloadable guide: The Parents' Guide to making the most of the summer holidays

 

UK Government confirms inquiry into Covid-19 pandemic to begin in Spring 2022

On 12 May 2021, the Prime Minister announced that a full and independent inquiry to the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic will begin in spring 2022. Teachers’ leaders have called on the government to ensure this includes examination of its record on education. We’ll keep you posted as more information unfolds.

Government investigation into sex abuse allegations in schools concludes

In response to reports of sexual abuse in some schools, on 1 April the government launched an NSPCC helpline number (0800 136 663) to support those affected and launched an immediate review of safeguarding policies and procedures in both state and independent schools. The review was conducted by Ofsted to establish where safeguarding arrangements are good and working well and identify where improvements are needed. This review concluded at the end of last month and we’ll update you when it has been published.

UCAS deadline extended permanently

Due to Covid, UCAS extended its university application deadline from 15 January to the end of the month in 2021. This proved helpful to schools and applicants alike, and they have now permanently extended the deadline to the last Wednesday of January. This means the deadline for applications for autumn 2022 entry is Wednesday 26 January. There is no change to Oxbridge and medical school applications, which must be submitted by 15 October 2021.

Applying to University

Parents may be interested in our free resources to support those applying to university in the 2021/2022 academic year:

  1. The Parents' Guide to Personal Statements.  Download here

  2. Ideas to help teens choose the right university course. Read more

  3. The 'Ultimate University Shopping List' with links to recommended buys. Download here

Thinking about Apprenticeships

  1. Apprenticeship levels, entry requirements and possible qualifications. Download here

  2. Is an apprenticeship a good choice for all teens? Discover more

  3. How has the pandemic affected apprenticeships? Learn more

Talking about next steps

  1. Qualification levels – from Year 11 to Year 13 and where they go. Learn more

  2. Board game to discuss Post-16 options. Download here

  3. Board game to discuss Post 18 options. Download here

  4. Virtual work experience - with regularly updated opportunities. Discover more

  5. Starting a business. Read more

Preparing for Results Day 2021

  1. Awarding academic grades without exams. Learn more

  2. Awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021. Discover more

  3. Preparing for GCSE Results Day 2021. Read more

  4. Sixth Form Results Day 2021 flowchart. Download here

Our 2021/2022 parent guides are available

Do share our website link https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/ with your parents so they can find out more about their children’s options after GCSE and sixth form by buying our specialist guides.

 

If you’d like to share our guides with your parents free of charge, we offer school licences. Please email vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk for more information and you can see samples of all of the guides here.

The Parents’ Guide to University 2021-2022

 

This guide includes advice and practical information for parents on the 2022 university application process. It explains how they can help their teens make the right choices about applying to university to put them on the path for greater success and happiness.

 

Contains clear information about:

  • Types of universities – what’s the difference and which is best?

  • Types of courses – and how the teaching style impacts different types of learners

  • Open days – why it’s important to visit, even if it’s just virtually

  • League tables – do they matter and what should parents look out for?

  • Tuition and maintenance loans – how it impacts students and parents

  • UCAS and the application process – including 2022 deadlines

  • How to prepare a standout personal statement

  • Results day – how to help if students don’t get the results they need

  • Other options if students don’t get a university place

  • Preparing for university life and how parents can help them once they leave home

 

The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships 2020-2021

 

Contains clear information about:

  • Types of apprenticeship – the qualifications needed at each entry stage, what further qualifications the different levels offer and how long each apprenticeship lasts;

  • The pros and cons – why apprenticeships are ideal for some teens but not for others;

  • Degree apprenticeships – how they differ from full-time university degrees;

  • How to research an apprenticeship

  • Top ten apprenticeship providers

  • The application process and why it differs from applying to university

  • How parents can help prepare for interview to make the best impression

  • What parents can do to get them ready 

  • Preparing  them for life at work.

The Parents’ Guide to Post 18 Options – summary

 

Contains clear information about:

  • University

  • Apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships

  • Higher education courses at college

  • Traineeships

  • Jobs with training

  • Gap Years

  • Starting their own business

 

The Parents’ Guide to Post 16 Options – full edition

 

Contains clear information about choices and considerations after GCSE:

  • What qualifications are on offer;

  • Giving them the best chance of success: which qualifications are better suited to different types of learners;

  • Where they can study – the pros and cons of different learning environments depending on the type of student;

  • Considerations in making the right choices – both for getting the qualifications and how different qualifications can impact choices at 18 and beyond;

  • GCSE results day – what to do if they don’t get the results they need.

 

The Parents’ Guide to Post 16 Options – summary

 

Contains clear information about academic choices after GCSE and what’s involved in studying them:

  • A levels;

  • BTEC;

  • T levels;

  • Other qualifications;

  • Workplace options.

The Parents’ Guide to study and exam revision – either GCSE or sixth form

 

Practical advice and information on what parents can do at home to help their teens do better, from setting up the right routines to helping teens cope with exam nerves. Includes:

  • Keeping them healthy – covering diet, caffeine, sleep and screen time;

  • Providing the right homelife – why setting a routine is vital;

  • Simple steps to create a helpful study space;

  • Ways to help them revise – you can’t revise for them, but you can help. We’ve provided different options to suit different types of learners;

  • How to build resilience and manage stress to form lifelong good habits and protect their mental health;

  • How to support them during exam time;

  • How to help them with exam nerves.

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The Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships 20
The Parents' Guide to Post 18 options (s
The parents guide to Post 16 options 202
The Parents' Guide to Post 16 options (s
The Parents' Guide to Exam revision 2021

Social media

We’d love you to chat to us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Awareness Themes, Days and Events – June

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in June:

 

1st - 7th June – Volunteers Week

To celebrate and thank volunteers throughout the UK.

Find out more: www.volunteersweek.org

 

6th - 12th June – Bike Week

Inspiring people to give cycling a try.

Find out more: www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek

14th - 20th June – National Diabetes Week

Working towards a future without diabetes.

Find out more: www.diabetes.org.uk

 

 

14-20 June – Refugees Week

This year’s theme: “we cannot walk alone”.

Find out more: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/

 

19th - 27th June – National Picnic Week

Pack a rug and your favourite nibbles and head outdoors to enjoy eating al fresco. There are benefits to eating outside and with other people.

Find out more: https://www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk/about.html

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

May 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

May newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We’re excited to launch our 2021/2022 guides ready for the next academic year. The Parents’ Guide to provides parents of teenagers with the help they need to give their children the right advice about next steps at 16 and 18 years old. As well as free advice, parents can buy our guides from our website.

 

If you would like to share any of our specialist guides about post-school options with your parents free of charge, we offer school licenses. School license purchase includes permission to share the guides with parents, carers and other interested parties connected to your school in any way you find useful – including via your website, intranet site, google drive and through email, newsletters or social media. We add your school logo to the cover page to demonstrate the license has been paid and free sharing is approved. Please get in touch if you would like more information about school licences: Vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk

The 2021/2022 guides available are:

 

The Parents’ Guide to University 2021-2022

This guide includes advice and practical information for parents on the 2022 university application process. It explains how they can help their teens make the right choices about applying to university to put them on the path for greater success and happiness.

 

Contains clear information about:

  • Types of universities – what’s the difference and which is best?

  • Types of courses – and how the teaching style impacts different types of learners

  • Open days – why it’s important to visit, even if it’s just virtually

  • League tables – do they matter and what should parents look out for?

  • Tuition and maintenance loans – how it impacts students and parents

  • UCAS and the application process – including 2022 deadlines

  • How to prepare a standout personal statement

  • Results day – how to help if students don’t get the results they need

  • Other options if students don’t get a university place

  • Preparing for university life and how parents can help them once they leave home

Click here to preview this guide

 

The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships 2020-2021

 

Contains clear information about:

  • Types of apprenticeship – the qualifications needed at each entry stage, what further qualifications the different levels offer and how long each apprenticeship lasts;

  • The pros and cons – why apprenticeships are ideal for some teens but not for others;

  • Degree apprenticeships – how they differ from full-time university degrees;

  • How to research an apprenticeship

  • Top ten apprenticeship providers

  • The application process and why it differs from applying to university

  • How parents can help prepare for interview to make the best impression

  • What parents can do to get them ready 

  • Preparing  them for life at work.

 

Click here to preview this guide

The Parents’ Guide to Post 18 Options – summary

 

Contains clear information about:

  • University

  • Apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships

  • Higher education courses at college

  • Traineeships

  • Jobs with training

  • Gap Years

  • Starting their own business

 

Click here to preview this guide

 

The Parents’ Guide to Post 16 Options – full edition

 

Contains clear information about choices and considerations after GCSE:

  • What qualifications are on offer;

  • Giving them the best chance of success: which qualifications are better suited to different types of learners;

  • Where they can study – the pros and cons of different learning environments depending on the type of student;

  • Considerations in making the right choices – both for getting the qualifications and how different qualifications can impact choices at 18 and beyond;

  • GCSE results day – what to do if they don’t get the results they need.

 

Click here to preview this guide

 

The Parents’ Guide to Post 16 Options – summary

 

Contains clear information about academic choices after GCSE and what’s involved in studying them:

  • A levels;

  • BTEC;

  • T levels;

  • Other qualifications;

  • Workplace options.

Click here to preview this guide

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The Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships 20
The Parents' Guide to Post 18 options (s
The parents guide to Post 16 options 202
The Parents' Guide to Post 16 options (s

Assessments for examinations years

For Years 11, 12 and 13, this term the focus will be on assessing grades for qualifications without examinations (albeit that there may be “mini examinations” in some cases). For parents unsure what’s involved, we’ve summarised key issues in two blogs:

Awarding academic grades in 2021 without examinations

Awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021

 

 

Mental wellbeing

Mental Health week takes place 10-16 May and April was National Stress Awareness month. With the pressure of mock exams and assessments, it’s a good time to remind parents about helping teens cope with stress and building their mental resilience. We’re all for promoting healthy lifestyle habits, but sometimes what’s needed is a quick fix.

Here’s our top 10 ways to help teenagers feel calmer in minutes.

 

 

Government calls investigation into sex abuse allegations in schools

In response to reports of sexual abuse in some schools, on 1 April the government launched an NSPCC helpline number to support those affected. The free helpline is for victims of abuse as well as parents and professionals seeking support. It provides information about how to contact the police and report crimes, as well as help and advice to callers. The number is 0800 136 663 and we encourage all parents to ensure your teen is aware of this free helpline number and where to find it or, better still, get them to add it to contacts on their phone.

 

There will also be an immediate review of safeguarding policies and procedures in both state and independent schools conducted by Ofsted to establish where safeguarding arrangements are good and working well and identify where improvements are needed. This may include inspection of some schools. The review concludes at the end of May. For more details, read our blog.

 

 

Social media

We’d love you to chat to us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Awareness Themes, Days and Events – May

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in April:

 

1st- 8th - Time for a Cuppa

Helping to raise awareness about dementia, the perfect time for students, their friends and families to get together over a hot drink.

Find out more  >

 

 

1st- 31st - Local and Community History Month

 A month to encourage people to investigate, discover and explore their local history

Find out more  >

 

 

1st- 31st - National Walking Month

Be active for good health! A month focusing on getting Britain walking, highlighting all the mental and physical benefits it can bring.

Find out more  >

 

 

3rd – 9th  Sun Awareness Week

To raise awareness of the long term harm caused by the sun and to promote safety when outside

Find out more  >

 

 

6th – 13th Red Cross Week

Celebrating the role the Red Cross plays in emergency response situations.

Find out more  >

 

 

10th – 16th – Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this Week focuses on raising awareness about mental health and what we can do to help ourselves and our loved ones who maybe struggling with their mental health

Find out more  >

 

 

10th- 16th - National Vegetarian Week

A chance to learn more about vegetarian food and the added benefits it may bring

Find out more  >

 

 

10th-23rd - Foster Care Fortnight

To celebrate and recognise the important work foster carers provide

Find out more  >

 

 

17th - National Children’s Day

A focus on the importance of raising happy and healthy children

Find out more  >

 

 

17-21st – Walk to School Week

To encourage students to walk to school

Find out more  >

 

 

21st – World Meditation Day

 

 

28th - World Hunger Day

To raise awareness for the 800 million people who do not have enough food to eat

Find out more  >

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

April 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

April newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We’re sharing April’s newsletter a little early so that you have it before term ends. We hope you’re all looking forward to the spring break – sunnier skies, brighter evenings and plenty of chocolate! Don’t forget, the clocks spring forward an hour this Saturday night.

 

National Stress Awareness month

April is National Stress Awareness month and provides a good focal point on how to help teens manage stress and build mental resilience. We’ve summarized some of the key issues in our article here and we’ll be taking the opportunity of sharing a stress busting tip every day throughout April on our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Virtual Work Experience

We’ve updated our list of organisations offering virtual work experience placements and opportunities, so do check it out here and share with anyone you think will find it useful. We’ve also included some opportunities that are taking place over the summer and while that might seem a way off, it’s advisable students register soon, especially as popular placements get booked out quickly.

 

 

Articles for parents

We’ve got a number of blogs your parents might find useful, including some suggestions of fun ideas for teens to do over the holidays given there are still so many restrictions in place. Do share them if you can.

 

 

 

Sharing our guides with your parents/carers

Our free guides are available for you to share in any way you think they will help – on your website, intranet site, via newsletter, email or social media.

 

Our paid guides are available for personal download by parents. If you would like to share any with your parents free of charge, do get in touch and we’ll let you know more about our school licences.

 

 

The Parents’ Guide to Careers

National Careers Week is over, but there’s still lots of useful advice in our free guide on vocational options when leaving school, whether that’s after GCSE or sixth form.

Click here to download your copy.

 

Options after GCSE and sixth form

For parents that are unsure what options their children have after GCSE or sixth form, we’ve created two handy guides that give an overview of all the choices available. We also mention which options might suit certain learning styles better and why. Not all teens are suited to the A level then university route to careers! Of course, we cover that option, and also showcase other choices too.

 

Awareness Themes, Days and Events - April

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in April:

 

1st -30th - National Stress Awareness month

A chance to identify and reduce the stress factors in life

Find out more >

 

30th Mar – 3rd Apr - Family Safety Week

A week highlighting the measures families can take to keep themselves safe

Find out more >

 

3rd - 5th - Easter weekend

 

7th – World Health Day

To mark the anniversary of the foundation of the WHO in 1948.

Find out more >

 

17th – 21st– National Parks Week

Raising public awareness about Britain’s national parks.

Find out more >

 

22nd - Earth Day

This year’s theme is “Restore our Earth”.

Find out more >

 

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

March 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

March newsletter 2021

Dear schools and colleges,

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the half-term break, marking the mid-point of the spring term. Following announcements yesterday evening, schools across England are set to re-open for all students from 8 March. Schools can choose whether to make a phased return during that week but once open, attendance will be compulsory. Outdoor after-school sports and activities will be allowed. There’s a summary about schools re-opening across the UK later in this newsletter.

With National Careers Week coming up in March, we’ve focused this month’s issue on routes to the workplace, including virtual work experience opportunities.

 

National Careers Week  #NCW2021

It’s National Careers Week 1-6 March and we’re thrilled to have teamed up with NCW to create The Parents’ Guide to Careers, a free guide outlining vocational options after GCSE and sixth form. It’s a really useful resource to share with your parents to give them more information about their children’s non-academic routes to careers – and you might find some pages useful too! Click here to download your copy.

 

Throughout the week we’ll be sharing lots of free resources on careers and vocational options on our social media channels so do make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Apprenticeships

Parents with teens who are interested in taking the apprenticeship route to work might be worried that options are down this year, but there are still lots of great opportunities available. Why not share our article on How the pandemic has affected apprenticeships … including 10 reasons why they’re still a fast track to career success for school leavers.

 

 

Standing out from the Crowd

Lockdown has curtailed lots of activities for all of us, and it’s been especially tough on teens. They’ve been virtually “grounded” for a year. Many activities they might have enjoyed, and found useful to share on personal statements, job or further education applications, have been cancelled. Parents might be interested in buying The Parents’ Guide to helping your child Stand Out from the Crowd, which contains suggestions for activities teens can enjoy at home and, once lockdown’s lifted, with others – explaining why they might also prove useful in helping them stand out from others.

 

 

Virtual Work Experience

We’ve updated our list of organisations offering work experience placements and opportunities for March, so do check it out here and share with anyone you think will find it useful. 

 

 

Support through Covid 19

Help parents keep their Year 11 and Year 13 children on track with studies this year now that examinations have been cancelled, with our free guides on studying for GCSEs and A levels from home. Click here.

School re-opening

Current plans to reopen secondary schools to pupils are:

England – All pupils to return from 8 March; schools are able to decide on a phased return that week. Outdoor after-school sports and activities will be allowed. Facemasks may be necessary in some classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained. Three tests to be conducted at school, after which pupils to be tested twice weekly at home until Easter holidays.

Northern Ireland – Examination years and those taking vocational qualifications from 22 March. Other years not until after Easter, with dates yet to be confirmed.

Scotland –Small numbers as of 22-February where practical work for examinations cannot be done from home. Further announcements about other pupils expected on 3 March.

Wales – Years 11 and 13 due to return as of 15 March, with other years returning after Easter holidays.

 

 

Awareness Themes, Days and Events - March

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in March:

 

1st – 6th – National Careers Week #NCW2021

A celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK

Find out more >

 

1st – 7th – Beat Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Increasing awareness and understanding of eating disorders and how to tackle them.

Find out more >

 

4th – 11th - National Salt Awareness Week

To raise awareness of the importance to health of regulating salt intake and assessing how much salt you’re eating. This year’s theme is More Flavour, Less Salt!

Find out more >

 

4th – World Book Day

Buy lots of selected titles for young people at just £1 per book.

Find out more >

 

5th – 14th - British Science Week

To celebrate all things science

Find out more >

 

8th - International Woman’s Day

This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge” – an equal word is an enable world.

Find out more >

 

15th – 21st – Nutrition and Hydration Week

Focusing on the importance of drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods. Find

Find out more >

 

16th – Young Carers Action Day

Moved from January and renamed from Young Carers Awareness Day to Young Carers Action Day, this day is dedicated to celebrating our young carers and highlighting the challenges they face.

Find out more >

 

19th - World Sleep Day

A celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep

Find out more >

 

19th – Red Nose Day / Sports Relief / Comic Relief

A day dedicated to raising money for important causes nationally and internationally

 

 

Sharing our guides with your parents/carers

Our free guides are available for you to share in any way you think they will help – on your website, intranet site, via newsletter, email or social media.

Our paid guides are available for personal download by parents. If you would like to share any with your parents free of charge, do get in touch and we’ll let you know how.

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

February 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

February newsletter 2021

Dear schools and colleges,

 

With extensions to school closures and exam cancellations, we’ve centred this month’s newsletter on looking ahead: how to help students stay focused by keeping an eye on their long term goals. It could give them something to think about over the February half term.

 

National Apprenticeship Week

From 8-14 February, it’s National Apprenticeship Week and this year’s theme is “Build the Future”. It’s a great chance for teens to find out more about apprenticeships and take part in some free events – such as the UCAS Careers Fair, National Skills Day and the BIG Assembly. For parents who’d like to know more about apprenticeships and why that could be a good choice for their child, please recommend our specialist guide: The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships, which gives detailed information about what’s on offer, what qualifications can be achieved and the pros and cons of taking the apprenticeship route.

National Careers Week - #NCW2021

Planning ahead, it’s National Careers Week 1-6 March and we’ve created a free guide outlining vocational options after GCSE and sixth form. It’s a great resource to give parents more information about non-academic routes to careers – and you might find some pages useful too.

Support through Covid 19

If your parents are struggling to keep their teens on track, especially those in Years 11 and 13, now there are exam cancellations this year and schools are closed to most pupils, do direct them to our 25 minute video on what to do at home. Alternatively, they may prefer to download one of our free guides. Don’t forget, we’ve plenty of other resources for parents developed during Covid 19, so do share a link to our website if you can: www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/coronavirus

                           

Sharing our guides 

If you’d like to share The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships, or any of our other paid guides, with your parents free of charge, do get in touch – we’ll add your logo to the front cover.

Add us as a useful link on your school or careers website

The Parents’ Guide to provides a range of free support for both parents of sixth form students as well as those taking GCSEs, including guides, useful articles, a Q&A system where we answer questions personally, live chats and a blog with the latest news. We cover all the important issues and your parents may find this helpful, so please do consider adding a link to our website www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/support on your school or careers recommended / useful links page.

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

January 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

January newsletter 2021

Dear schools and colleges,

 

Welcome back to the new term and, dare we say it, wishing you all a happy New Year. We knew it was going to be a tough start to 2021 – and that was confirmed when Boris Johnson announced new restrictions, including school closures, last Monday.

 

As a result, we delayed sending the January newsletter to you as we thought you might like some extra support at this time. So, we’ve created two new, free guides for your parents, advising them how to help their children stay on track studying for either GCSE or sixth form qualifications now schools are closed and exams have been cancelled. We’d love your feedback and thoughts on the guides if you have chance to email us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk.

 

Keeping a positive mindset (applies all teenagers)

The restrictions and limitations in place to contain Covid-19 look set to remain tight through the early part of this year. For teens struggling to come to terms with the length of time this pandemic has been ongoing, and the negative impact it has had on their lifestyle, it might be helpful for them to be reminded of what remains within their control and what is currently beyond it.

The Parents’ Guide to what we can control and what we can’t

 

Likewise, we can’t change the situation around the Covid-19 pandemic, but we can change the way we look at it. Parents might find our article on “reframing” 2020 useful – it sets out how to help teens identify and focus on the positive parts of 2020, enabling them to increase their mental resilience as they embark on 2021.

A powerful way to improve your child's mental health - free download

 

 

50 days to improved wellbeing (applies all teenagers)

January’s a great time to focus on positive changes for better health. Share our 50-day wellbeing challenge with your students and see if they can take one small step each day to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. Great to do either at home or at school and a fantastic way to learn new habits that have a big impact.

50 days to improved wellbeing – free download

Support through Covid 19

As well as the items above, we’ve created a number of resources to help you support parents through Covid 19. Do share this link with them: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/coronavirus

 

 

Preparing to apply to university (applies Y13)

UCAS deadline for university applications has been extended to 29 January 2021.  Parents might find The Parents Guide to University helpful in supporting their children with these decisions and our free parent guide to personal statements a great step-by-step reminder to ensure applicants include everything that helps them stand out from others in their personal statements.

 

 

Apprenticeships (applies Y11 and Y13)

University isn’t for everyone, and there are lots of fabulous opportunities through apprenticeship schemes. The Parents Guide to Apprenticeships gives detailed information about what’s on offer, what qualifications can be achieved and the pros and cons of taking the apprenticeship route.

 

University Degrees vs. Degree Apprenticeships (applies Y13)

For students keeping their options open and applying for both university places and degree apprenticeships this month, our summary on the pros and cons of each might help parents understand the differences their teen should bear in mind when making a final choice.

University degrees vs degree apprenticeships

 

Our design services (for schools)

If you would like to personalise our guides with your school logo and bespoke welcome pages to give them to your parents free of charge, do get in touch.

 

 

2021 –Awareness days/weeks – free download

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to highlight important issues and involve parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog. Timely, relevant content can be planned well in advance. We’ve created a 2021 calendar just for you!

Download our free Awareness day and events calendar for 2021.

 

 

We wish you and yours a happy and healthy start to 2021.

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

 

December newsletter

The Parents' Guide to

December newsletter 2020

Dear schools and colleges,

We’re racing toward the end of the autumn term and, with many schools closing early, there’s still lots to do but even less time to do it! To end the year, we’ve created a brief highlight of reminders your parents might find useful ahead of school breaking up.

Teens and Christmas bubbles (applies all teenagers)

Special rules regarding socialising apply from 23-27 December allowing up to three households to get together and celebrate the holiday. Everyone across the UK should abide by these rules as they are the law. For teens whose parents are separated an exception applies: they can be part of each of their parents’ different Christmas bubbles and spend time with both families. 

Full details of the Government's guidance is here.

 

Looking back on 2020 and looking forward to 2021(applies all teenagers)

For many teens, 2020 has been an extremely disappointing year in a number of ways. Worse still, the prospects for 2021 being better don’t look imminently promising. This can have a very negative effect on their wellbeing and mental health. We can’t change the situation, but we can change the way we look at it. Parents might find our article on “reframing” 2020 useful – it sets out how to help teens identify and focus on the positive parts of 2020, enabling them to increase their mental resilience.

A powerful way to improve your child's mental health

 

25 days to improved wellbeing (applies all teenagers)

In case you missed our 50 day wellbeing challenge, we’ve created a 25 day version to inspire students to think about their mental and physical wellbeing through to Christmas. Great to do either at home or at school.

25 days to improved wellbeing - holiday edition - free download

 

Teens and entrepreneurship (applies all teenagers)

Given social restrictions, most teens have extra time at the moment. The holidays could prove a great time for them to experiment with starting their own business – if they haven’t already! We’ve outlined some things that might be interesting to them and given parents indicators on how pursuing these interests can help their children develop 12 key soft skills interviewers are looking for, so could help set them up well for future job or further education applications.

Why starting a business now can help your teen develop the key 12 transferable skills - free download.

 

How parents can support their teens’ studying at home (applies Y10 - Y13)

Schools may not be closed, but inevitably teens are missing out on yet more school time this year with extended holiday periods, reduced co-curricular activity and home isolating to protect them in the event of school Covid outbreaks. Students need to find effective ways of studying at home that suit them if they are going to achieve their potential within the 2020/2021 academic year. More than ever, they need parental support in providing an appropriate homelife to put them on the right track. Parents will find our guides, including five simple things they can do at home to make it the best possible environment to support their teen with their studies, essential reading.

The Parents’ Guide to Study and Exam Revision for GCSEs

The Parents’ Guide to Study and Exam Revision for sixth form

 

Preparing to apply to university (applies Y13)

On 20 November, there was welcome news from the University of Birmingham (and subsequently some other universities) that they would reduce their entry requirements by one grade in recognition of the disruption Year 13 has faced during their sixth form studies. With 15 January 2021 rapidly approaching, it’s important students wishing to apply to university decide on their first and second choices, whether differing entry requirements may impact these choices, as well as finalising their personal statements over the holiday. Parents might find The Parents Guide to University helpful in supporting their children with these decisions and our free parents guide on personal statements and  personal statement mind map a great step-by-step guide to ensure students include everything that helps them stand out from others in their personal statements.

 

Apprenticeships (applies Y11 & Y13)

University isn’t for everyone, and there are lots of fabulous opportunities through apprenticeship schemes. The Parents Guide to Apprenticeships gives detailed information about what’s on offer, what qualifications can be achieved and the pros and cons of taking the apprenticeship route.

 

Our design and educational services

If you like our guides and want to personalise them with your school logo and bespoke welcome pages to give them to your parents free of charge, do get in touch.

 

Our free Christmas gift for you

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. We've created a free 2021 calendar just for you. 

Download our free Awareness day and events calendar for 2021.

 

We’ll see you in 2021!

We wish you a happy December, a relaxing holiday and all the very best for the New Year.
 

In the meantime, if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to cover ahead of our next newsletter for January 2021, send an email to info@theparentsguideto.co.uk and we’ll try to help where we can.

 

Stay safe and well. Best wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

November newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

Nov newsletter 2020

Dear schools and colleges,

Welcome back from half term – we hope you’ve returned feeling rested after a hectic start to the academic year.

 

Covid 19 is making it difficult for many of us to look to the future and make plans: we seem to be existing in a strange limbo waiting for “normality” to return. It’s vital that teenagers don’t lose sight of the positive future they have ahead, whatever shape that may take, and they mustn’t wait but should put in the effort now to strive towards it. More than ever, parental support is key, so we’ve created some resources so you can support parents in helping them keep their children on track and focused on their futures. This includes many free guides as well as some that parents can buy.

 

Preparing to apply to university

Parents can find out all they need to know about the university application process, how they can help their child create personal statements, and what their children should consider when selecting universities and courses in The Parents’ Guide to University -2020/2021.

 

Personal Statement

With UCAS deadlines fast approaching, try our personal statement mind map to get students to think step-by-step of what they can include in their personal statements. Parents might also benefit from our free guide: The Parents’ Guide to Personal Statements.

 

Qualifications and levels

To help parents understand what options their children have after GCSE and Sixth Form, we’ve created a summary of the different levels of education, what types of qualification are available, and how different options suit different students. You can access it here.

 

50 days of wellness:

Now the clocks have gone back, winter feels well on the way. To inspire students to think about their mental and physical wellbeing through the end of the Autumn term, why not get them to try our 50 daily tasks to improve wellbeing challenge by carrying out one healthy act each day. Great to do either at home or at school.

 

Careers Board Game

We’ve created a set of careers board game as a gentle way to start opening up the conversation with teens about their future options and personal development. Download the 14-16 year old board game or the 16-18 year old board game.

 

Free parent guides:

To support parents during these challenging times, we’ve written two free guides to help them support their teens both at home and in thinking about their futures. If you haven’t already, they can be downloaded here:

 

 

Our design services

If you like our guides and would like to either personalise them with your school logo and bespoke welcome pages  or create your own branded resources, do get in touch.

 

 

Upcoming events over November:

Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in November:

 

13th – BBC Children in Need

Together, we can change young lives

Find out more  >

 

16th-20th - Anti bullying Week

A week aimed at raising awareness of bullying of young people and to show ways to prevent and respond to it

Find out more  >

 

16th – 22nd - Road Safety Week

To highlight the importance of road safety when crossing roads

Find out more  >

 

25th - White Ribbon Day

Part of a global movement to end violence against women

Find out more  >

 

26th - Carers Right Day

A day to help shine a light on the rights and entitlements carers have within the UK

Find out more  >

 

 

Please add us as a useful link on your website:

The Parents’ Guide to provides a range of free support for both parents of sixth form students as well as those taking GCSEs, including guides, useful articles, a Q&A system where we answer questions personally, live chats and a blog with the latest news. We cover all the important issues and your parents may find this helpful, so please do add a link to our website www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/parents on your school or careers recommended / useful links page.

 

That's it for now:

If there’s anything you’d like us to cover ahead of our next newsletter for December, do send us an email to info@theparentsguideto.co.uk and we’ll try to help where we can.

 

In the meantime, we wish you a happy November.

 

Stay safe and well. Best wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK