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useful resources for parents & carers

Supporting a young person to progress from school onto their next educational step can be full of anticipation and lots of questions. That’s why we’ve collated a range of resources designed to support parents/carers who are helping their children navigate these decisions.

making informed decisions

An online magazine designed to help parents/carers support their children with careers decisions.

Take a look at the parent/carer guide UCAS have produced. It includes information on qualifications, apprenticeships, and study programmes – to help you support your young person in choosing what to do next.

The Hampshire Careers Partnership have produced a resource for young people that explains the options available to them when they leave Year 11 or pre-16 education. You could take a look at this with your young person to learn about what they could go on to do in post-16 education.

Why not take a look at the interactive videos Hampshire Futures Careers Team have created? Find out about various career sectors, how young people can prepare for college, and lots more! Click the link below to head over to Hampshire Futures Careers Information Service and look for the ‘Interactive Careers Videos’ tile.

This video from the Careers Education Company sets out the educational options available to young people at age 16.

We’ve collected information about the colleges and sixth forms in 5 different geographical areas: Dorset, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. Click the button below to go to the information for your local area all in one place!

As well as the option to study at college or sixth form, young people can also undertake an apprenticeship when they leave school/are in post-16 education. Similarly, they can complete another training programme via training providers. Want to know more about what’s on offer? Click the link below.

It can be really helpful for young people to talk to a careers adviser when making decisions about their next educational steps. If your young person is unsure what to do next, encourage them to reach out to the careers team or any member of staff at their school, college or sixth form. Alternatively, click below to find out about services that can help in your local area.

supporting your young person’s learning

If your child/children are finding school and learning difficult, these pre-recorded and interactive workshops might just help. You can complete them at home at a time that suits you best. Delivered by Kerry Brown (Teacher, Coach and Author), you’ll:

  • Explore why your child/children might be finding learning difficult
  • Develop an understanding that intelligence isn’t fixed, but rather can change
  • Learn about strategies that can help inspire and motivate your child/children

Kerry has recorded two versions of the ‘Mindset Matters’ workshop; one for parents/carers of children who are primary age, and one for parents/carers of children who are secondary age. Just click below to access the relevant video for your child/children. Once you can see the video, click on the ‘play’ button in the centre of the box to begin.      

Parentkind have collated lots of resources, tips and advice from across their partner organisations to help you support your young person’s learning, whatever their age and interest, at home or school.

Information for parents/carers of send young people

There are lots of organisations who offer support for parents/carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Click the link below to find out about some of these organisations, as well as accessing information about the educational pathways that are available for SEND young people when they leave school or education at 16.

As well as there being lots of national organisations who support parents/carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), there are also lots of local organisations across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Additionally, there are local education and training opportunities for young people with SEND and we’ve collated them by local area (Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton). Click the button below to find out more!

If your young person is thinking about going to university and has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), there’s lots of support available. Take a look at this leaflet produced by the Hampshire Careers Partnership to find out more.

Health & wellbeing

If you’re looking for information about supporting the health and wellbeing of your young person, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve collated a number of links to organisations and information that can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know the transition from school to post-16 education (college, sixth form, an apprenticeship, or another form of training) can be a bit daunting and that you and your young person might have lots of questions. That’s why we’ve answered a selection of frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease. They’re written with young people in mind, but we hope they’ll be useful for parents/carers too!