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Advice for Parents

Supporting your teenager with their plans for the future

At Ashley High School, all students participate in careers sessions to help them prepare for the future. From Year 9 onwards, the Education, Health and Care Plans will be reviewed and there will be a focus on goals and aspirations for the future at the annual review meeting. As a parent, you have a key role in this important career planning process.

By the end of Year 11 your teenager will have made decisions about their future. This might be to remain at school and enter the school sixth form or move into further education, apprenticeships or training. Each student will have had the opportunity to meet with their careers adviser and talk about all the options open to them.

The calendar below shows what they need to do during Year 11 and the support available to help them make the right choices.  The school can support with any transition days and visits to the local college forms part of the careers programme.


September - December

  • Explore the range of options in employment, training, sixth forms and further education colleges.
  • Consider pathways that fit around their skills, interests and predicted grades.
  • Weigh up all the pros and cons of different options.
  • Check out schools, colleges and training providers own websites and prospectus for more information.
  • Encourage your teenager to ask tutors or teachers for more information or advice.
  • Go to college and sixth form open days and events.
  • There are deadlines for making applications – ensure that your teenager is aware of these dates; don’t let them leave everything until the last minute!
  • Remember that some courses are very popular so avoid disappointment by submitting an early application.
  • Use the SEND Local offer to help you and your teenager find out more about the support available to meet any specific needs https://localoffer.haltonchildrenstrust.co.uk/
  • Check that your teenager has had their individual careers guidance interview and support them to complete the actions outlined.

January - March

  • Application forms need to be completed by the end of January for some popular courses.
  • College and sixth form interviews begin. Recruitment for apprenticeships and other vocational training begins.
  • If looking for training or work register with the National apprenticeship website  www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • Contact colleges/sixth forms if your teenager is likely to need additional support. The support needs will also be included in the Education, Health and Care Plan and the colleges/sixth forms will need a copy of this.
  • If your teenager is looking for work with training or apprenticeships, they need to start contacting employers; they might also need a back up plan such as a full-time college course or school sixth form.

April - June

  • Exams start in May so this is a busy time for your teenager
  • Check any costs for courses such as  equipment for post 16 options.
  • Discuss with student advisers if any finance is available for travel or equipment.
  • Teenagers interested in getting a part time job or an apprenticeship need to have an up to date CV ready.
  • National Insurance numbers should have been issued by now but if not call 0845 915 7006.

July - August

  • Your teenager needs to enrol at college if they have applied for a course starting in September; there may be also be summer enrolments for those with unconditional offers.
  • If they are continuing into sixth form make sure that they have completed their transition day and know term dates.
  • If your teenager is looking for work they need to update their CV with exam results.
  • Child benefit should still be payable if your teenager is continuing in full time education, for more information visit www.gov.uk/child-benefit

For advice once they have left school, phone the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

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