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When parents are involved, 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


We provide unbiased and helpful information for parents of teenage children. The decisions teenagers make at sixteen and eighteen have a significant impact on their futures. Our step-by-step guides and free support pages are written for parents to help them understand all their children’s options so they can give 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.


Our free support and advice pages include extracts from our guides and answers to parents’ commonly asked questions. Sign up for either our parent or school newsletters to receive regular updates in your inbox.


To date, our step by step guides have been read by over 130,000 parents and carers, as well as 1,000s of visitors accessing our free support and advice pages each month.

Schools and colleges

Schools and colleges either share our guides with parents free of charge by purchasing a school licence or recommend our guides on their websites and social media for parents to buy directly. We provide free resources for schools which focus on items covered in our guides or are specifically written by request. We also provide free resources to help schools and colleges engage parents, including recommendations in our monthly newsletter.

Our resources have been downloaded and used by over 600 schools and colleges across England and Wales.


Parental Engagement Policy Group

The Parents' Guide to forms part of the Parental Engagement Policy Group; a network of charities and organisations working together to support parental engagement in disadvantaged communities.


In 2019 Learning with Parents launched The Parental Engagement Policy Group, with the aim of bringing together policy makers, charities, parental engagement organisations and researchers to work towards a vision where every child is supported at home to fulfil their potential.

"The Parental Engagement Policy Group will drive a shared understanding across the sector of effective parental engagement and its pivotal role in addressing the attainment gap. Through collaboration with schools, DfE and Ofsted the group aims to transform parents’ role in education." Learn more.

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Organisations involved in The Parental Engagement Policy Group include:

Family Based Solutions

Family Based Solutions  works with families to provide children and young adults with coping mechanisms in their current lives, to then empower them with the knowledge and belief of a future with every possibility. They use a solution focused approach, giving each family member a part to play in moving the family toward their preferred future. 

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Meaningful parental engagement is helping schools unlock the potential of vulnerable and disadvantaged children

Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder of Achievement for All

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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.