The Parents Guide To
Dear Schools and Colleges
We’re sharing April’s newsletter a little early so that you have it before term ends. We hope you’re all looking forward to the spring break – sunnier skies, brighter evenings and plenty of chocolate! Don’t forget, the clocks spring forward an hour this Saturday night.
National Stress Awareness month
April is National Stress Awareness month and provides a good focal point on how to help teens manage stress and build mental resilience. We’ve summarized some of the key issues in our article here and we’ll be taking the opportunity of sharing a stress busting tip every day throughout April on our social media accounts. If you haven’t already, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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 with anyone you think will find it useful. We’ve also included some opportunities that are taking place over the summer and while that might seem a way off, it’s advisable students register soon, especially as popular placements get booked out quickly.
Articles for parents
We’ve got a number of blogs your parents might find useful, including some suggestions of fun ideas for teens to do over the holidays given there are still so many restrictions in place. Do share them if you can.
- Having some fun over the Easter holidays
- Get competitive – competitions to help your teen stand out
- How stress affects teens and what you can do to help
- Engaging the senses to get more out of life for you and your teen
- Virtual work experience – why your child should take part
- EPQs – For Year 11s going on to sixth form, now is a good time for them to consider whether they’d like to take an EPQ and, if so, what they’d like to focus on. We’ve written this blog so parents know why and how an EPQ can be valuable.
- Awarding academic grades in 2021 without examinations
- Awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021
Sharing our guides with your parents/carers
Our free guides are available for you to share in any way you think they will help – on your website, intranet site, via newsletter, email or social media.
The Parents’ Guide to Careers
National Careers Week is over, but there’s still lots of useful advice in our free guide on vocational options when leaving school, whether that’s after GCSE or sixth form.
Click here to download your copy.
Options after GCSE and sixth form
For parents that are unsure what options their children have after GCSE or sixth form, we’ve created two handy guides that give an overview of all the choices available. We also mention which options might suit certain learning styles better and why. Not all teens are suited to the A level then university route to careers! Of course, we cover that option, and also showcase other choices too.
Awareness Themes, Days and Events – April
Awareness days, weeks and months are often an excellent opportunity to write to parents, whether in a newsletter, social media post or blog with timely, relevant content that can be planned well in advance. Coming up in April:
- 1st -30th – National Stress Awareness month – A chance to identify and reduce the stress factors in life
- 30th Mar – 3rd Apr – Family Safety Week – A week highlighting the measures families can take to keep themselves safe
- 3rd – 5th – Easter weekend
- 7th – World Health Day – To mark the anniversary of the foundation of the WHO in 1948.
- 17th – 21st– National Parks Week – Raising public awareness about Britain’s national parks.
- 22nd – Earth Day – This year’s theme is “Restore our Earth”.