Our school newsletter provides you with monthly updates and free resources on how you can develop parental engagement in your school or college. If there are any items or topics  that you’d like us to review in an upcoming newsletter, please do send us a note at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help where we can. 

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July 2022 newsletter

July newsletter 2022

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Throughout July and early August we’ll be posting an idea a day to improve wellbeing over the holidays as well as building qualities that help teens grow their independence. Later in August, we’ll be covering Results Day (both GCSE and A level) as well as ideas of what teens should be doing to prepare for the new term. Please encourage your parents to get involved on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to get a great tip each day.

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July newsletter 2022

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 your parents might find useful to review while school’s out. Yes, it’s homework for parents!

 

The Parents’ Guide to What’s Next - for parents of Yr 10 - 13

Now is a good time for parents of current Y10 and Y12 to start thinking about what their teen’s next steps are after GCSE or sixth form. The Parents’ Guide to What’s Next provides a summary of all options Post 16 and Post 18, so parents know what choices their teens have and what to bear in mind when making those decisions. Even though summer 2023 seems a way off, teens will be making many of those decisions during the forthcoming autumn and spring terms.

 

It’s free too! You can either share the link on our website with your parents or download a copy and share across any of your favourite platforms, such as your website, social media, newsletters or email.

 

Download it for free here!

School membership – Just for you!
As of September 2020, we’re introducing our school membership packages - a year-round solution to positively increasing parental engagement with minimum time-commitment from staff. As well as all relevant guides in the KS4 or KS5 package, we’ll also provide website and email content to make it easier for you to reach out to parents on a regular basis with timely resources, articles and handouts in ways parents find useful. It will also help you show evidence of meeting Gatsby Benchmarks, especially 1, 2 and 3. 

Find out more about The Parents’ Guide to school membership (including samples) on our website and we’re happy to set up a call if you have any questions – just email vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk

 

Sixth form Results Day 2022 – for parents of Yr 13

For parents with teens that have applied to university this year, rather than wait until results day itself on 18 August, help them plan ahead just in case their teen doesn’t get the results they need. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst is our motto! It’s all in The Parents’ Guide to Results day 2022. If you don’t already have a licence for this, parents can buy directly from our website for just £4.99.

Don’t forget that Adjustment has been withdrawn as of this year. There is no longer an option for those who get results exceeding their predicted grades and wishing to apply to a university with a higher entry level to hold onto their existing offer for five days whilst seeking out an alternative option. If they wish to apply elsewhere, they will need to reject their offer and start afresh through Clearing.

GCSE Results Day 2022 – for parents of Yr 11

For parents of teens getting GCSE results on 25 August, they might be interested in our article The Parents' Guide to Preparing my child for GCSE Results Day - what can I do to help?.

 

Moving out? – for parents of Yr 13

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. We’ve also got an article too – click here to access.

 

 

Summer Work Experience – for parents of Yr 10 - 13

Summer is a great time for teens to get some work experience which will be a unique differentiator when applying for further education or job opportunities, as well as giving them some first-hand experience of the world of work. Face to face opportunities are also becoming more widely available post Covid, so parents might be interested in The Parents’ Guide to helping your teen find work experience. We’ve also updated our list of organisations offering virtual work experience placements and opportunities for the summer, so do check out The Parents' Guide to Virtual work experience and share with anyone you think will find it useful.

 

The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd – for parents of Yr 10 - 13

Some parents worry that teens should focus on academics rather than co-curricular during GCSE and sixth form years – we explain why co-curricular is essential to success. We show how taking part in different hobbies and interests can improve their skillset (such as being able to communicate well, work with others, problem solve, be adaptable) and develop personal strengths (such as improving confidence, being resilient, compassionate, and empathetic). The holidays provide a fantastic opportunity for students to try out some new interests when they’ve got plenty of spare time – and we help parents understand how different hobbies are beneficial: The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd 

Summer fun – for parents of Yr 10 - 13

Throughout July and early August we’ll be posting an idea a day to improve wellbeing over the holidays as well as building qualities that help teens grow their independence. Later in August, we’ll be covering Results Day (both GCSE and A level) as well as ideas of what teens should be doing to prepare for the new term. Please encourage your parents to join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get a great tip each day.

 

Happy holidays!

We hope you enjoy the rest of term, have a fabulous holiday and we’ll see you again in time for the autumn start. Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

June 2022 newsletter

 

June newsletter 2022

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June newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We’re well into examination season and looking forward to half term next week with the excitement of the extended Jubilee weekend ahead. Let’s hope the sunshine lasts! This month we’re covering a wide range of topics for parents across Years 10-13:

 

  • Online safety

  • Work experience – face to face and virtual

  • Helping teens with exam stress and study leave

 

We’re also thrilled to launch our 2022/2023 specialist guides for parents and membership packages for schools so you can start planning for the next academic year ahead of the summer holidays.

 

Online safety

Teens spend a lot of time online – both studying and socializing. They’re probably more comfortable behind the screen than they are face-to-face, but are they as safe as they feel? What lurks unseen beyond the screen?

 

There’s so much parents can do to make sure their teen doesn’t fall victim to fake news, leaving a digital footprint they’ll regret later in life, becoming addicted to gaming or getting bullied or sexually abused.

 

In some ways, online safety is a bit like crossing the road. It’s potentially fraught with danger and there’s no failsafe solution; but with sensible strategies and common sense, it’s possible to navigate the dangers safely. Share The Parents' Guide to keeping your teen safe online for practical steps parents can take to make sure their teens stay safe.

 

#StaySafeOnline

Because online safety is so important, throughout June we’ll be blitzing our social media channels with daily tips to help parents make sure their teen is doing what they can to stay safe online. Please encourage them to join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get a great tip each day – you might find them useful too!

 

Work experience

In The Parents’ Guide to work experience we explain the importance of getting work experience and different ways teens can get it. Many schools offer dedicated weeks to work experience across certain year groups in the summer term, which is fantastic. We also include advice to parents on thinking about this throughout the year from Year 10 and upwards. Face to face work opportunities are opening up again now that Covid restrictions have been lifted, but there’s still a wealth of virtual work experience available and we outline the benefits and places where teens might benefit from online opportunities in The Parents’ Guide to virtual work experience.

 

School membership and licence packages

As of September 2022, we’re thrilled to launch our members’ area for schools which will provide a year-round solution to positively increasing parental engagement with minimum time-commitment from staff, following school feedback in our survey earlier this year.

We’ll provide website and email content and social media comms to make it easier for schools to reach out to parents on a regular basis with timely resources, articles and handouts in ways parents find useful. Content will cover actions for parents during school transition points and key times throughout the academic year and will help schools meet Gatsby Benchmarks, especially 1, 2 and 3. 

Membership will include:

  • Licences for our specialist guides personalised with your school/college logo to share freely with parents, carers and other interested parties connected to the school in any way you find useful – including via your website, intranet site, google drive and through email, newsletters or social media.

  • Better support for schools and parents in further reliable resources , including a directory of useful websites aimed at supporting schools and colleges with parental engagement​

  • An annual calendar recommending which resources to share with parents at which times of the year

  • Suggested drafts of emails for parents

  • Support for schools with social media, including monthly campaign ideas and suggested posts

  • Downloadable factsheets, handouts and other resources (covering careers, post-school options and teenage wellbeing)

  • An interactive index linked to our articles (regularly updated by us throughout the year) giving parents the guidance they need with the latest information.

 

Find out more about The Parents’ Guide to school membership on our website.

Examination support

Examinations are well underway, and we’ve included support articles for parents in case they missed them earlier in the term:

  1. The Parents’ Guide to helping your teen manage exam nerves

  2. The Parents' Guide to helping your teen make the most of study leave

  3. The Parents' Guide to helping your teen revise effectively

  4. The Parents' Guide to revision timetables

 

We’ll be back one last time this year ahead of the summer holidays, meantime email us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk if there’s something you’d like to see in our next newsletter.

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

May 2022 newsletter

 

May newsletter 2022

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  • Throughout May we’ll be marking #WalkThisMay and #Try20 on our social media channels with one stress-busting idea every day. If you haven’t already, please do join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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April newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

Welcome back to the summer term. We hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter break. This month, we’re super excited to announce the September 2023 launch of our new membership package for schools - you can check it out here. We’ve also got support for you and your parents on:

 

  1. The exams ahead and how parents can help their teens with study

  2. Helping teens with exam stress

  3. Helping teens use study leave effectively

  4. National Walking Month – it’s #WalkThisMay

  5. Preview of the launch of our new guides for 2022/2023 academic year

 

Examination term

After a two-year “Covid suspension”, external examinations will be back this term for years 11 and 13. Exams are always stressful, and this year might be more stressful for some because of the two-year break. We’ve got some advice for parents on how they can help their teens prepare for exams, as well as important information on how they can spot the signs of stress, what to do at home and where to go for help if needed. Please share our free articles (linked below) with them. These may also be useful for Years 10 and 12, who will be taking mocks this term too:

 

  1. How to create a revision timetable for study

  2. How to help your child with their revision

  3. How to help your teen manage exam nerves

  4. How to help your teen make the most of study leave

 

 

#WalkThisMay and #Try20

May is #NationalWalkingMonth, with the theme #Try20 -– encouraging people to walk for 20 minutes each day. Throughout May, we'll be posting tips across our social media channels on the benefits of walking, whether that's for the mind, body or environment. Walking is a great habit to get teens into - it's free, fab for wellbeing and helps them feel better in many different ways. Please encourage your parents to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and do sign up too, so you can share our tips with your pupils.

Our new guides for 2022/2023!

Next month we’ll be launching our 2022/2023 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 advice on teenage health and wellbeing. Parents can buy our specialist online guides for personal use direct from our website

 

For parents of Years 10-13

£12.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships – full edition (including how apprenticeships work, different levels of entry – including degree and non-degree apprenticeships, the application process and how to prepare, how to find an apprenticeship and the pros and cons of apprenticeships)

 

£9.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Non-degree Apprenticeships

 

£9.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd (how non-academic interests and hobbies develop character and soft skills)

 

For parents of Years 10-11

£11.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision – GCSE (how parents can improve their teen's mental and physical wellbeing and create the right environment to study at home in Years 10&11)

 

£9.99 – 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; 2023 Results Day)

 

£4.99 - The Parents’ Guide to Post-16 Options: summary (a summary of all qualification options to consider after GCSE)

 

£4.99 – The Parents’ Guide to T Levels (T Levels are an exciting new option in sixth form education that provide a recognised qualification tailored to industry needs and skills, including 45 days industry placement)

 

For parents of Years 12-13

£11.99 – 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)

 

£4.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Post-18 Options (a summary of all options available at 18)

 

£12.99 – The Parents’ Guide to University (outlines factor to consider when choosing a university, including types of universities, the importance of open days, understanding league tables and university fees, entitlements for those with learning difficulties, what to think about when selecting courses, the UCAS application process and timetable, what makes a great personal statement, Results Day 2023 and next steps depending on grades achieved – including Clearing and other options, how to prepare for university life)

 

£9.99 – The Parents’ Guide to University Applications 

 

£4.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Results Day 2023 (preparing for all possible outcomes, understanding Clearing, next steps depending on grades achieved – including other options, how to prepare for university life, such as finances, living arrangements and what to pack)

 

£9.99 – The Parents’ Guide to Degree Apprenticeships (including how apprenticeships work, with a focus on degree apprenticeships, the application process and how to prepare, how to find an apprenticeship and the pros and cons of apprenticeships compared to university degrees)

 

 

School licences and support with parental engagement (new for Sept 2022!)

If you would like to share any of our specialist guides with your parents free of charge, we offer school licence membership. School license membership 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. We also provide support to help you engage parents, including draft emails, articles, downloadable fact sheets and social media suggestions. Full details are here with samples!

 

We’ll be back in June, meantime email us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk if there’s something you’d like to see in our next newsletter.

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

Department for Education, Gov UK

April 2022 newsletter

 

April newsletter 2022

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April newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges

 

This month, we’ve included support for you and your parents on:

 

  1. Stress Awareness Month

  2. Talking to teens about what’s happening in Ukraine

  3. Virtual work experience - updates for Spring

  4. Standing out from the crowd

  5. School licences

Stress Awareness Month

April is stress awareness month - raising awareness and creating solutions for rising stress levels. Stress is a particular problem for teenagers, manifesting itself in a variety of ways including inability to sleep, poor concentration and regularly feeling on edge, anxious, nervous and/or irritable. Causes include the pressure to succeed, comparisons with others (most teens live their lives publicly on virtual platforms), family issues, significant life changes (parents divorcing, moving home, changing school) and world events (most recently compounded by the two-year global Covid pandemic and events in the Ukraine). The Young Minds charity has pages for parents with ideas on how they can talk to, help and support their teens.

 

Stress can’t be avoided but it can be managed and building mental resilience is key to this. Adopting small habits that promote wellbeing and doing them on a daily basis helps to increase positive mindsets. These small habits cover a broad range of activities from expressing gratitude, relaxing, getting physical and eating well. You can download our wellbeing calendars for a [25 or 50 day] programme that teens and parents can try together by visiting: www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/school-newsletter

 

 

A tip each day can lead the way

Throughout April we’ll be marking #NationalStressAwarenessMonth on our social media channels with one stress-busting idea every day to provide an arsenal of techniques to reduce stress and build resilience. so do encourage your parents to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and please sign up too because we’re #BetterTogether.
 

 

Events in Ukraine

The internet and social media are covering events as they unfold in Ukraine, and this can be upsetting for teens who may feel bombarded by the intensity of images they are seeing, especially after all they’ve experienced with the two-year Covid pandemic. For parents that want help talking to their teens about what’s going on, there’s guidance on YoungMinds.org, British Red Cross and BBC that they might find useful.

 

 

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 this article with anyone you think will find it useful. In many cases, students need to register interest early to secure their place later in the year, so the spring holidays might be a good time to do this.

 

 

Standing out from the Crowd

Getting broad experience helps with applications – whether that’s for jobs, apprenticeship or further education. Qualifications are important, but so is what’s happening outside the classroom too. 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  – explaining why they might also prove useful in helping them stand out from others, and identifying which soft skills and character traits they’ll develop in the process.

 

 

School licences

If you’d like to share any of our paid specialist guides with your parents free of charge, we offer the option for schools to buy a licence. A school license includes permission to share our 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 too!

 

Our range includes:

  • The Parents’ Guide to Results Day 2022 (for those who have applied to university this year); 

  • The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships

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

  • 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); 

  • 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)

Click here to see some samples and learn more.

 

 

School licence April discount

In the lead up to examination in the summer, we are offering schools the opportunity to purchase licences for The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision (GCSE) and The Parents’ Guide to Study and exam revision (sixth form) at a discount during April. Whilst parents can’t revise for their children, 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, 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. There are also suggestions on how to support their mental and physical wellbeing, with a dedicated section on coping with exams and exam stress.

 

Usually priced at £79.99 per licence, we are offering licenses at £49,99 for orders placed during April 2022 so that you can share these guides with your parents free of charge. Alternatively, you can recommend these guides to your parents to buy personally from www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/guides at £9.99 each.

 

Thank you

A huge thank you to all of your that filled out our feedback survey. You should all have received your free Awareness Day Calendar by now. If you haven’t, please check your junk mail (you may need to add us to your safe senders list) but if it’s not there, email vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk and we’ll put that right as soon as we can.

 

We’ll be back in May, meantime email us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk if there’s something specific you’d like to see in our next newsletter.

Stay safe and happy, Vanessa and Darius 

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

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March 2022 newsletter

 

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  • Throughout March we are dedicating our social media channels to Careers. If you haven’t already, please do join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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March newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed (or in some cases, may still be enjoying!) the half term break. This month, we’ve included support for you and your parents on:

 

  1. National Careers Week (7-13 March) – our free guides for parents and teachers in partnership with NCW

  2. A request for your feedback – with free 2022 Awareness Calendar as a thank you

  3. An update on social apps for teens

  4. 2022 examinations

  5. Standing out from the crowd

 

It’s National Careers Week – 7-13 March

It’s National Careers Week 7-13 March and we’re thrilled to have teamed up again with NCW to create The Parents’ Guide to NCW 2022, 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 Click here to download your copy.

 

This year we’ve also created a guide for you too – The Teachers’ Guide to National Careers Week, outlining what’s happening during the week, links to helpful resources and useful information on non-academic post 16 and 18 options. Click here to download your copy.

 

 

Social media

Throughout the month to celebrate NCW 2022 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 Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

Please give us your feedback and get your free Awareness Day Calendar 2022

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. If you do, we’ll email a copy of our 2022 Awareness Days Calendar (worth £14.99) to you free of charge. The form will close on 25 March 2022. A big thanks to those of you that have filled it out already.

 

Parent guides for 2022

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

 

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 and Sixth form

  • The Parents’ Guide to Standing out from the crowd

 

 

Social apps aimed at teens

MyLoL and Yolo have been in the headlines again this week with concerns that these sites could be used by predators to groom young people or provide a forum for online abuse.

 

MyLoL is a social networking site for teens only (age restriction 13 – 19). It encourages users to make friends, connect with peers having similar interests and perhaps even meet up. Any user can browse photo albums. The majority of features are free and whilst most members are based in USA, Canada and Australia, there’s about 150,000 members in the UK. There’s no screening process for registrations, enabling fake users a-plenty.

 

Yolo (you only live once) is Snapchat’s add-on app enabling users to share Q&A on an anonymous platform. Concerns have been raised that the nature of the Q&A can encourage trolling. Privacy and security settings are replicated by what the user has in Snapchat.

 

Parents may be interested in the NSPCC’s online safety guide for parents and Internet Matters to get advice on how to help keep their teens safe online.

 

Examinations 2022

Ofqual updated its guidance on GCSE, AS and A level examinations in England for 2022 on 7 February. In summary, measures are being taken to ensure consideration for the disruption candidates have faced in their education over the past two years. This includes more generous grading in 2022. There will be less content for students to learn in GCSE, greater flexibility in coursework and non-exam assessment, support materials available in exams so students don’t have to memorize as much, and advance notice of the focus of exams to help students revise. Full details are here.

 

Standing out from the Crowd

Getting broad experience helps with applications – whether that’s for jobs, apprenticeship or further education. Qualifications are important, but so is what’s happening outside the classroom too. 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  – explaining why they might also prove useful in helping them stand out from others, and identifying which soft skills and character traits they’ll develop in the process.

 

We’ll be back in April, so do email us at Vanessa@theparentsguideto.co.uk if there’s something specific you’d like to see in our next newsletter..

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius

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

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February 2022 newsletter

 

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February newsletter 2022

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February newsletter 2022

Dear Schools and Colleges,

 

Welcome to February – I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the lighter evenings again! This month, we’ve included support for you and your parents on:

 

  1. National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 Feb) – including a free download!

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

  3. A request for your feedback

  4. 2022 Awareness Days calendar

 

It’s National Apprenticeship Week – 7-13 February

– free download to share with your parents

Many parents aren’t as familiar with apprenticeships as a fantastic post school opportunity, compared to other options. National Apprenticeship Week is a time to celebrate the value of apprenticeships, and there’s bound to be plenty of fairs and events taking place locally throughout February. Why not see what’s happening near you at the Gov’s event listing?

To celebrate this year, we’ve created a free guide for parents/carers summarizing the basics – whether that’s for post GCSE apprenticeships or post 18 opportunities. You can download it for free here.

 

 

Apprenticeships in short

Whether at 16 or 18, an apprenticeship offers the opportunity to combine study with paid employment resulting in a professional qualification. There are no tuition fees and the salary can cover living expenses. Apprenticeships used to be associated with trade industries (such as electricians, mechanics or plumbers). Nowadays, apprenticeships can be taken in a wide range of industry sectors and provide entry to all types of careers, including accounting, banking, IT, law, management and television. Relatively new to the apprenticeship suite are “degree apprenticeships”, offering an “earn while you learn” route to BSc or BA status. There are also options to take short term apprenticeships.

Taking an apprenticeship is not an easy option and competition can be fierce. For parents that want to know more about why an apprenticeship could be the right choice for their teen, please recommend The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships.

 

 

 

The perils of technology!

We had a glitch with our mail-out in January, so if you’re reading this email and don’t want to miss out on future newsletters, please add us to your safe senders list. Here’s how:

  1. Right click on our email (in your inbox, or junk mail if that’s where you’ve found it) and open the options box (usually by right clicking).

  2. Select “junk” with a left click and choose “Never block user’s domain”. And that’s it!

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. If you do, we’ll email a copy of our 2022 Awareness Days Calendar (worth £14.99) to you free of charge. The form will close on 25 February 2022.

 

A big thanks to those of you that have filled it out already – your Awareness Days Calendar should be in your inboxes – do check your junk folders too!

 

 

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        

              

 

 

2022 –Awareness days/weeks

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!

 

  • Careers

  • Environment

  • Health

  • Literacy

  • Mental agility

  • National/international

  • Religion

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

Starting the new year well

In case you missed it last month, it's never too late  to focus on positive changes for better health and 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 February we are dedicating our social media channels to apprenticeships and the benefits of takine one. If you haven’t already, please do join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

We’ll be back in March ready to launch our joint guide with National Careers Week (7-12 March)! 

 

Stay safe and well. Warmest wishes,

Vanessa and Darius