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January 2022 newsletter

The Parents' Guide to

January newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

Happy New Year and welcome back to the new term. We hope you had a wonderful break and got to spend time with friends and family. This month, we’ve included support for you and your parents on:

 

  1. University applications

  2. Degree apprenticeship applications

  3. What parents can do at home to support their teens with study

  4. Free 50 day wellbeing challenge – how small daily habits can make a big difference to health

  5. 2022 Awareness calendar

 

 

Please give us your feedback 

We started our school newsletter in April 2020, and we'd love your feedback to find out what you think of it and how we can improve it. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out our feedback form here. As a thank you, we’ll email a copy of our 2022 Awareness Days Calendar (worth £14.99) to you free of charge.

 

The form will close on 31 January 2022.

 

 

2022 –Awareness days calendar

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 2022 calendar so you have all the dates in one place!

 

We’ve got over 70 commemorations listed for 2022, so you’ll know what’s happening when. Additionally, we’ve included the associated #s to make it easy for you to get noticed on social media, with links to key websites where you can get more information on the days/weeks that interest you and a summary of what they’re trying to achieve. We’ve also categorized the various days into:

  • Careers

  • Health

  • Environment

  • Literacy

  • National/International Commemorations

To purchase, click on the link below. Alternatively, you can receive a free copy by completing our school feedback form here.

Preparing to apply to university (applies Y13)

The UCAS deadline is coming fast on 26 January 2022. Parents might find The Parents Guide to University helpful in supporting their children with finalising their applications and preparing for results day, alongside our article The Parents' Guide to personal statements: a great step-by-step reminder to ensure students include everything that helps them stand out from others in their personal statements.

 

Preparing to apply for a degree apprenticeship (applies Y13)

Applications to companies for degree apprenticeships will also be due this month (the process runs alongside the UCAS deadline). Parents might find The Parents Guide to Degree apprenticeships helpful in supporting their children with finalising their applications, alongside our article Degree apprenticeship or university?: a summary of the differences between getting a degree via an apprenticeship or at university.

How parents can help their teens at home (applies Y10-Y13)

Whilst parents can’t revise for their teens, there are lots of ways they can help them at home to increase their chance of success and put them on a path to lifelong healthy habits. This includes setting up the right routines, supporting their teen’s mental and physical wellbeing, checking what they know and helping them remember things, and providing the right homelife so that they can be at their most alert, healthy and resilient. Why not recommend your parents buy our specialist guides direct from our website by sharing the link – The Parents’ Guide to study and exam revision for GCSE and The Parents’ Guide to study and exam revision in Sixth Form        

Starting the new year well

January’s a great time to focus on positive changes for better health, but it doesn’t necessarily mean making drastic changes. Our 50-day wellbeing challenge suggests simple activities to try each day which support mental and physical wellbeing and can easily be incorporated into daily habits. It can also be a bonding experience for parents and teens to try together.

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

 

 

Social Media

Throughout January we are dedicating our social media channels to study tips and how parents can help support their teens at home when revising. If you haven’t already, please do join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

We wish you and yours a happy and healthy start to 2022, Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

December 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

December newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We hope you’re enjoying the autumn term and as the Christmas holidays beckon, we’ve put together a few resources for you to share with parents so they can help their teens make the most out of the end of term and get some ideas on using the holidays wisely:

 

  1. Upcoming mocks – what parents can do at home to support their teen with studies;

  2. Examinations – a summary of the Government’s latest advice on exams in 2022;

  3. A reminder about January applications to university (or degree apprenticeships) and getting those personal statements complete;

  4. Tips for parents on what their teens can do over Christmas;

  5. In case you missed it last week – our free download: An introduction to T Levels – what are they and where can they lead.

 

The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision (Y11 and Y13):

For those in Years 11 and 13, mocks will be happening soon (either before or just after Christmas), and parents might like to know what they can do at home to make studying easier and to increase their child’s chances of doing well. Our specialist guides includes practical tips on:

 

  • Keeping them healthy

  • Providing the right homelife

  • Ways to help them revise

  • How to support them during exam time

  • How to help them with exam nerves

 

Do recommend The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision for GCSE or Sixth Form.

 

Qualifications in 2022 (Y11 and Y13):

Ofqual has published detailed information for schools, college and other exam centres regarding contingency should examinations not take place in 2022, which can be viewed here. Our summary for parents is available for academic qualifications here and technical qualifications here.

University application (Y13)

For sixth formers thinking of applying to university in January 2022, they’ll need to complete their personal statement if they haven’t already. Do help parents support them by getting them to take a look at The Parents’ Guide to Personal Statements. For parents that want to know all the details about university applications, it’s all in: The Parents’ Guide to University and for parents of students applying for degree apprenticeships, they may be interested in The Parents’ Guide to Degree apprenticeships.

 

What to do over the winter holiday

Christmas should be feeling a bit more normal this year so long as we don’t get last minute lockdown restrictions imposed. That said, whether they’re in GCSE or sixth form years, parents should help their teens do things that not only get them into the Christmas spirit, but also give them something standout to talk about in interviews and applications for jobs or further study. Our top suggestions are here.

 

The Parents’ Guide to T Levels – free download (Y11):

T Levels are an exciting new option in sixth form education that provide a recognized qualification tailored to industry needs and skills. It’s a great choice for students that want to learn practical skills relevant to certain jobs, regardless of whether they want to go on to study for a degree, take alternative further education or go straight into the workplace after sixth form.

 

Because they were only introduced in 2020, parents might be unsure about why T Levels are a valuable option to consider, so we’ve summarized everything in our guide, including:

 

  • What's involved with studying T Levels and where it might lead afterwards

  • The subject choices available as of 2022

  • What they’ll learn in the course

  • The qualifications needed to take them

  • The Transition Programme for those struggling to meet minimum entry requirements

  • The industry placement

  • A summary of alternative options if T Levels are not right for them

 

You can share it with your parents free of charge by downloading it here: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/t-levels

 

The Parents’ Guide to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) (Y10-13)

The introduction of RSE in September 2020 was hindered for some schools by concerns about safeguarding when educating students from home on sensitive subjects. Now that students are back in the classroom, most schools are running their programme, but some parents feel concerned about content. In this free article, we’ve taken a close look into what is covered in RSE, why it’s important and how parents can support their teen at home by providing a safe place for them to talk about things they may be struggling to understand. It’s available here

Our specialist parent guides for 2021/2022 (Years 10-13)

You might be interested in directing parents to our specialist guides providing them with resources about what they can do at home to help their teens with study, wellbeing and post school options, 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

The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: full edition

The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: summary

The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – GCSE

The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd

 

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.

Social Media

We’re dedicating December to sharing ways students can stand out from others through co and super curricular activities explaining how it can strengthen their skillset. They’ll be bite size pieces of information every day – do encourage parents to join us on – Facebook Twitter Instagram

 

Awareness days (Years 10-13)

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 November:

 

1st - World AIDS Day #RockTheRibbon

A day dedicated to raising awareness of the global AIDS epidemic

Find out more >

2nd to 8th – National Grief Awareness Week

To help grief become an easier topic to discuss and provide guidance on what to do and say to those that are grieving

Find out  more >

5th – International Volunteer Day

Established by the United Nations, as day to celebrate the contribution of volunteers

 

10th - Human Rights Day

Part of a global movement to end the abuse and violation of human rights

Find out more  >

10th - Christmas Jumper Day

An annual event to raise money for 'Save the Children'

Find out more  >

 

21st – Winter Solstice

Shortest day

25th & 26th - Christmas Day and Boxing Day

We’ll wish you all a very happy Christmas and we’ll be back in touch in the new year.

Meantime, stay safe and keep well,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

November 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

November newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

Welcome back from half term. We hope you’ve had a relaxing break. It’s likely to be busy leading up to the Christmas holidays, so we’ve put together a few resources for you to share with parents so they can support from home what you’re teaching at school:

 

  1. An introduction to T Levels – what are they and where can they lead – a free resource;

  2. The Parents’ Guide to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) – helping parents understand how schools are trying to support students via the RSE curriculum;

  3. An introduction to apprenticeships and why they are a great choice for some students;

  4. A reminder about January applications to university, and getting those all-important personal statements complete.

 

The Parents’ Guide to T Levels – free download (Y11):

T Levels are an exciting new option in sixth form education that provide a recognized qualification tailored to industry needs and skills. It’s a great choice for students that want to learn practical skills relevant to certain jobs, regardless of whether they want to go on to study for a degree, take alternative further education or go straight into the workplace after sixth form.

 

Because they were only introduced in 2020, parents might be unsure about why T Levels are a valuable option to consider, so we’ve summarized everything in our guide, including:

 

  • What's involved with studying T Levels and where it might lead afterwards

  • The subject choices available as of 2022

  • What they’ll learn in the course

  • The qualifications needed to take them

  • The Transition Programme for those struggling to meet minimum entry requirements

  • The industry placement

  • A summary of alternative options if T Levels are not right for them

 

You can share it with your parents free of charge by downloading it here: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/t-levels

 

 

The Parents’ Guide to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) (Y10-13)

The introduction of RSE in September 2020 was hindered for some schools by concerns about safeguarding when educating students from home on sensitive subjects. Now that students are back in the classroom, most schools are running their programme, but some parents feel concerned about content. In this free article, we’ve taken a close look into what is covered in RSE, why it’s important and how parents can support their teen at home by providing a safe place for them to talk about things they may be struggling to understand. It’s available here: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/post/relationships-and-sex-education-what-does-this-mean-for-my-teen-and-how-can-i-help-as-a-parent

We’re also dedicating November to RSE on social media, so they’ll be bite size pieces of information every day – do encourage them to join us on – Facebook Twitter Instagram

 

Apprenticeships (Y11/Y13)

Whether it’s after GCSE or sixth form, apprenticeships are well worth considering but some parents have concerns that these workplace education programmes are a second-rate option for their child. This is not the case. We’ve summarized the basics in our article: https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/post/is-an-apprenticeship-the-right-choice-for-your-child and parents can get much more information in our specialist guide: The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships.

 

University application (Y13)

For sixth formers thinking of applying to university in January 2022, they’ll need to start focusing on what to include in their personal statement - do help parents support them by getting them to 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 students 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 parents that want to know all the details about university application, open day and things for their teens to consider when making applications, it’s all in: The Parents’ Guide to University.

 

 

Options post 16 (Y11)

It’s not too early for parents to start considering what choices are available for their teens after GCSE. Do they know what further qualifications their teen could take and whether staying at school, going to college or entering the workplace could be the best choice? We’ve summarized the options in: What are your teen’s options after GCSE?

 

 

Parent guides for 2021/2022 (Years 10-13)

You might be interested in directing parents to our specialist guides providing them with resources about what they can do at home to help their teens with study, 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

The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: full edition

The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: summary

The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – GCSE

The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd

 

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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Awareness days (Years 10-13)

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 November:

1st - 5th - International Stress Awareness Week

To raise awareness about stress prevention

Find out more  >

4th Diwali

5th Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night)

8th- 14th - Sugar Awareness Week

A week aimed at raising awareness of the impact of sugar on our health

Find out more  >

11th Armistice Day

15th- 19th - 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  >

15th – 21st - Road Safety Week

To highlight the importance of road safety when crossing roads

Find out more  >

19th – BBC Children in Need

Together, we can change young lives

Find out more  >

 

19th - International Men’s Day

Celebrating worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities

Find out more  >

 

27th – 5th Dec  – National Tree Week

Marks the start of the planting season and celebrates trees and woods.

Find out more  >

 

28th – 6th (December) – Hanukkah

Find out more  >

 

We’ll be back in touch next month.

Stay safe and keep well,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

October 2021 newsletter

 

The Parents' Guide to

October newsletter 2021

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

October has nearly arrived and half term is on its way! We’ve put together a few resources to help parents start guiding their teens in thinking what they might want to do next, including choices after GCSE, university application and settling into the new school year.

 

Free resources for schools:

Don’t forget to make use of our free resources for schools, including:

 

  • Careers board game

  • Apprenticeship levels

  • Education/qualification routes Years 10-13

  • University personal statement mind-map

  • Why apprenticeships could be a good choice

  • Post 16 options

 

You can find them all here: www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/free-resources

 

We also have a range of free articles for you to share with your parents, covering topics on post 16 and post 18 options, health and wellbeing and personal development – check them out here.

 

 

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 so 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!

 

We’ve also got advice for parents on how they can help their teen choose the right university and choose the right university course.

 

 

Options post 16

It’s not too early for parents to start considering what choices are available for their teens after GCSE. Do they know what further qualifications their teen could take and whether staying at school, going to college or entering the workplace could be the best choice? We’ve summarized the options in: What are your teen’s options after GCSE?

 

 

Outside the classroom

Academic qualifications are important, but it’s also what students do alongside their studies that make them stand out from others, both on application forms and in interviews. Parents may be interested in our resources on virtual work experience and academic competitions.

 

 

Parent guides for 2021/2022

You might be interested in directing parents to our specialist guides providing them with resources about what they can do at home to help their teens with study, 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

  • The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: full edition

  • The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: summary

  • The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – GCSE

  • The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Parent updates for settling into the new school year

Whilst most teens are pleased to be back at school, not all teens are settling in well. We’ve got some advice for parents on what they can do to help if their teen’s struggling:

 

What to do if your teen’s anxious about being back at school

10 quick ways to help your teen feel better

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

 

 

Social Media

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

 

 

Podcasts – can you help?

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 in a conversational style, do email vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk with name, job title, contact details and the subject you’d like to cover.

 

 

Awareness days

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 October:

 

1st – 31st - Black History Month

To recognise and celebrate the contribution of black people in the UK, past and present

Find out more  >

 

4th – World Animal Day

Heighten awareness about animal issues and encourage people to think how we relate to animals.

Find out more  >

 

5th - World Space Week

Celebrating science and technology

Find out more  >

 

5th - World Teacher Day

To mark progress and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession

Find out more  >

 

7th- 12th - Dyslexia Awareness Week

To bring attention to the issues that dyslexic people face on a daily basis

Find out more  >

 

10th - World Mental Health Day

Find out more  >

 

16th - World Food Day

To end world hunger and to promote healthy diets

Find out more  >

 

 

We hope you have a great October and enjoy half term. We’ll be back in touch next month.

Stay safe and keep well,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

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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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/</