Teenage girl going to college with friends: The Parents' Guide to

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The Parents’ Guide to provides parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices at GCSE and sixth form so they can create happy and successful futures. Our resources are designed to inform, involve and guide parental support by providing unbiased, helpful and up to date support and advice.

Wherever we refer to ‘parents’ this includes anyone with significant caring responsibilities for children.

Our range of interactive guides provide parents with easy to follow advice and the most up-to-date information 

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Direct parents to our range of free support and advice pages, including parent Q&A, articles and regular newsletters

Browse through our range of free resources designed to help you involve and engage the parents of your school or college

Research shows that when parents are involved in education, their children do better. 

When parents are involved at school, the performance of all the children at school, not just their own, tends to improve
 A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement

Step by step parent guides:


Our step-by-step guides are written for parents to help them understand all their children’s options so they can give them the right advice at the right time. Choose to see overviews of what’s on offer after GCSE or sixth form or delve deeper into specialist guides, such as apprenticeships, university, revision and results day. We update each guide every year so you can be confident they provide current information – all in one place.

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The most accurate predictors of student achievement in school are not family income or social status, but the extent to which the family creates a home environment that encourages learning

National PTA, 2000

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If there are any items or topics related to parental engagement 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.

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Wherever we refer to ‘parents’ we mean ‘parents and carers.’ This includes grandparents, older siblings or any other  person with significant caring responsibilities for children.