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

Schools and colleges

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

Helping parents understand all the options available to their children after GCSE or sixth form - whether that's academic or vocational.

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.

If you want to purchase any of our paid guides to share with parents free of charge (i.e. without them having to purchase and pay for the guides themselves) we offer school licenses. School license purchase includes permission to share the guides with parents, carers and other interested parties connected to the school via your website, internet site, social media or email. We add your school logo to the cover page to demonstrate the license has been paid and free sharing is approved. Please contact us at info@theparentsguideto.co.uk for more information.

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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