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September 2021 newsletter

The Parents' Guide to

September newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

Welcome back to the autumn term. We hope you’ve had a relaxing and restful holiday. We’ve put together a few resources to make your life easier as you start the new academic year.

Parent updates

Parents will be keen to help their teens settle into school, so we’ve got some tips on what they can do at home to get their teen ready. In case there’s any confusion over rules around Covid, we’ve clarified what parents can expect from schools too.

Going back to school – get your teen on the right track in the new academic year

The rules around Covid-19 as schools return in autumn 2021

 

 

Parent guides for 2021/2022

After a turbulent 18 months including a lot of home schooling followed by the long summer holidays, many parents will no doubt be rejoicing that schools are back in business and their teens will be out of the house and returning to the classroom! However, don’t forget that parents have been much more involved in guiding their children’s education over the past couple of years, so keep the momentum going by providing them with resources about what they can do at home to help their teens with study. We’ve got a range of online guides that fit the bill, so please do share our link www.theparentsguideto.co.uk on your school website, newsletters or social media.

 

Guides available are:

  • The Parents’ Guide to University;

  • The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships;

  • The Parents’ Guide to Post-18 Options (a summary of all options available at 18); 

  • The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – sixth form (how parents can improve their child’s mental and physical wellbeing and create the right environment to study at home in Years 12&13); 

  • The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: full edition (all choices at 16, including which qualifications are available; where to study; how study choices can impact Post-18 Options; 2022 Results Day); 

  • The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: summary (a summary of all qualification options to consider after GCSE);

  • The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – GCSE (how parents can improve their child’s mental and physical wellbeing and create the right environment to study at home in Years 10&11);

  • The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd (how non-academic interests and hobbies develop character and soft skills – suitable at GCSE and sixth form). 

 

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

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Free resources for schools

Keeping on top of mental and physical wellbeing is critical for teens to do well. Why not set them our 50 day wellbeing challenge, with one activity each day to get them thinking about good lifestyle habits such as making an active decision to smile more, a mini energizing workout, avoiding sugar for 24 hours and doing something nice for someone else.

 

Getting teens to talk about their future can be tricky, so why not use our free downloadable careers board game. It not only solves the problem of thinking what questions to ask, it creates a two-way conversation, which helps avoid feelings of confrontation. We’ve got two versions, one for GCSE age and another for sixth formers. You can find them here, along with a range of other free resources we’ve developed for schools.

 

University application

For sixth formers thinking of applying to university this year, they’ll need to start focusing on what to include in their personal statement do take a look at The Parents’ Guide to Personal Statements. Our free personal mind-map is also a great way for parents and teachers to talk through what they should include and start thinking about how they should phrase their interests and achievements. It’s also a good way to identify gaps while there’s still time to fill them too! For medical/Oxbridge applicants, the 15 October deadline’s fast approaching, other applications need to meet UCAS’s new later deadline of 26 January 2022.

 

Parents may also want to understand what their teens will be going through in the university application process and our specialist guide: The Parents’ Guide to University will answer all their questions. There’s also The Parents’ Guide to Degree Apprenticeships which outlines why this “earn while you learn” route to a degree is a great choice for some students but less suitable for others.

 

 

Podcasts – we need you!

In January 2022, we’ll be launching our parent podcast. These weekly downloads will cover a range of topics related to parenting teens with bitesize fifteen-minute interviews – perfect for listening to on the go. We’d love you to take part, so if you (or someone at your school) would like to talk about teen related issues, do email vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk with name, job title, contact details and the subject you’d like to cover. We’re hoping to include chats that give parents information on:

 

  • Online safety;

  • Helping teens deal with stress and build mental resilience;

  • Relationships and Sex Education;

  • Homework and study;

  • Post 16 options;

  • Post 18 options;

  • Technical qualifications and why they’re a great choice for practical students;

  • The pros, cons and differences between university degrees and degree apprenticeships;

  • UCAS and personal statements;

  • Why super/extra curricular activities are so important.

 

If you have suggestions for topics to include, please let us know – we want to cover what parents want to hear. We’ll be recording some of the podcasts towards the end of this year ready for the January launch.

 

 

Awareness days – September 2021

Awareness days/weeks are 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 September:

 

1st – 14th – Getting to know you week

It’s a new school year and time to get to know new classmates or new friends!

 

5th - International Day of Charity

To celebrate the positive work of charities globally

Find out more  >

 

6th – National Read a Book Day

Research shows that spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their lives, now and in the future.

 

10th - World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is preventable, not inevitable.

Find out more  >

 

16h - Yom Kippur

 

21st - International Day of Peace

A day dedicated to recognising the importance of building a culture of peace

Find out more  >

 

You can also follow us on social media for great retweets and bite size information aimed specifically for parents of teens – Facebook Twitter Instagram

 

 

We hope the new term gets off to a good start for you. We’ll be back in touch next month.

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

July 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

July newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

The summer holidays are almost here and we’re sure you’re looking forward to the break. Just before you head off, we’ve got a couple of things we think you and your parents might find useful.

 

The Parents' Guide to Getting Ahead in the summer holidays - free download

2021 has been another tricky year so far and students have experienced yet more disruption to their studies. As a parent, it’s hard not to worry that the lack of face-to-face schooling has set them back and their thoughts are probably turning to what can be done during the summer to help their teens catch up. Our advice is not to dwell on what they may have missed but focus on using the summer to boost their experience to help them prepare for the autumn term and future applications they will want to make.

The holidays provide a fantastic opportunity for students to think about what they can do to start making their dreams a reality. Depending on how old they are, there’s plenty they can do to help them prepare for the next stage of their life – and they can have fun at the same time! Whether they’re 15 and starting to think about what they might like to do after their GCSEs or whether they’re 18 and making plans for adulthood.

Because this has, in many ways, been another stressful year, we’ve also included a section on mental wellbeing.

Ofsted report on sexual abuse in schools

In March 2021, the government asked Ofsted to conduct an immediate review of safeguarding policies and procedures in both state and private schools in response to reports of abuse submitted to the website Everyone’s Invited. That review took place during April and May and was published on 10 June; we've summarized findings and recommendations in our blog (read more here).

Of the 900 students interviewed, the majority did not feel comfortable reporting abuse, so we continue to recommend that parents make sure the NSCPP freephone "abuse in education" helpline is programmed into their phones, so they can access independent, impartial help if they need it. The number is 0800 136 663.

Virtual Work Experience

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

 

Moving out?

If their teens are leaving home over the summer to start university (or perhaps an apprenticeship) in the autumn, they might be interested in our free checklist of useful buys so their teen has everything to hand, whether that’s bedding to get a cosy night’s sleep, pots and pans to cook up a storm or paperwork to make sure their bank accounts and proof of ID are all in good order.

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. Do share them if you can.

 

 

Our 2021/2022 guides for parents are available:

Do share our website link 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.

 

 

Awareness Themes, Days and Events - July / August

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 July/August:

 

11th July - World Population Day

To focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues

Find out more  >

 

17th July - World Emoji Day

We use emojis every day, so why not celebrate them?

Find out more  >

 

19th – 23rd July -  Eid-ul-Adha

30th July – International Day of Friendship

Through friendship we can develop bonds of trust and camaraderie between people regardless of race or beliefs

Find out more  >

12th August - International Youth Day

Organised by the UK, International Youth Day recognises the challenges faced by young people and the important role they play

Find out more  >

 

 

We wish you all a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to catching up with you again when the new year starts.

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

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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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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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