GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Parents' and Carers' Resources - including Support Guides, Podcasts and More

As a parent or carer, you want to be able to guide and advise your child towards the best opportunity for them. So, where do you start?

There are so many options available to your child when they leave school.  Depending upon their age will depend on the pathways open to them.

This year we are able to provide you with thirteen Next Step Guides covering all aspects of careers whether your child is 14, 16 or 18.  These can be accessed by clicking on the images below.

In addition to these guides, there are also five additional tabs below with additional support and information to further support your child and their next steps.

The Parents  Guide to Exam Revision (sixth form) 2022 2023 The Parents  Guide to Helping your child stand out 2022 2023 The Parents  Guide to Exam revision 2022 2023
The Parents  Guide to Post 16 options (sumamry) 2022 2023 The parents guide to Post 16 options 2022 2023 second The Parents  Guide to T Levels 2022 2023
The Parents  Guide to Post 18 options (summary) 2022 2023 The Parents  Guide to University applications 2022 2023            The Parents  Guide to University 2022 2023 The Parents  Guide to Results Day 2023
The Parents  Guide to Non degree Apprenticeships 2022   2023 The Parents  Guide to Apprenticeships 2022   2023 The Parents  Guide to Degree Apprenticeships 2022   2023

We hope you find this area useful.

Amazing Apprenticeships - Parents Zone

As a parent or carer, you want to be able to guide and advise your child towards the best opportunity for them. So, where do you start?

There are so many options available to your child when they leave school.  Depending upon their age will depend on the pathways open to them.

Post 16 students can join a sixth form, begin an apprenticeship, study T Levels at some colleges or develop their confidence through a traineeship

Post 18 students can also begin apprenticeships, apply for full-time university, consider a gap year, move into employment or even consider volunteering!

With such a range of opportunities now available it is important for teachers, parents and carers to develop our knowledge as being informed is the best way to build our confidence, and ultimately to support the next generation to make the best decision for them.

Amazing Apprenticeships has a dedicated Parent Zone, to help you to begin to explore these options.

Included in this area are the following excellent resources:

National Careers Service - A Parent's Guide

Parents' and Carers' Next Steps Podcasts

The Uni Podcasts

Supporting Parents and Carers with all things University

UniTasterDays has developed a podcast series, which provides Parents and Carers with cutting edge and up-to-date information and conversations to provide excellent support to those considering University. In plain English, without the jargon, and from the experience of everyone involved in the process.

There are currently three recordings which can be accessed by clicking on the title:

  1. The UNI Guide Podcast - Our starter for 10 (2 minutes)
  2. Episode 1 - Parents and Carers - why your influence is essential in University decisions (49 minutes)
  3. Episode 2 - Student Finance. The cost of University uncovered (57 minutes)

Amazing Apprenticeships - The Parent Perspective Podcast Season 1

The Amazing Apprenticeship website has a fantastic series of Podcasts called the Parent Perspective to support you to support your child with careers advice and guidance. Click on the links below to access each episode from Season 1.

In episode 1 we hear from Nicola Hall, Director of Education at the Careers and Enterprise Company, talking about the current careers landscape and her 5 top tips on how to support your child when exploring options.

We’ll also hear from George Anderson, a health and wellbeing coach, addressing the anxieties parents have right now and the practical solutions to help.

We are also joined by a brilliant panel of parents and carers, who will be asking questions and discussing our speaker topics throughout the episode.  

In episode 2 we look at the experiences of young people and ways in which they can stand out when applying for competitive schemes.

We hear from a young graduate and an apprentice about their respective career journeys, what paths they took, why they made that choice, and how their parents supported them to pursue their chosen careers. 

We also hear from Mark Smith, Resourcing Specialist – Early Careers, at the BBC, who shares his hints and tips for young people applying for competitive schemes and his insights on careers opportunities at the moment. 

In episode 3 we look at ways in which parents can be supporting and advising their children about the variety and range of careers. 

Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager for Health Education England, joins us to discuss how and where parents can make a start in advising their child. Lucy also looks more widely at the opportunities available within different sectors and employers, as well as the different pathways to access them. 
 
We are also joined by two inspiring apprentices, one current and one former, to talk about their experiences in taking next steps and the ways their parents supported them.

Haider Ali is an apprentice at Rolls Royce and Kathryn Monkcom used her apprenticeship to build skills to start her own business – where she is now a careers coach. 
In episode 4 of series 1, Sarah Barley joins Steve to share her advice for parents as a careers leader and expert. Sarah also answers a wide range of questions sent in from parents about how they can support their children in the lead up to results day.

We are also joined by Sharon, an amazing apprentice at Channel 4, to talk about her experiences of being an apprentice and what her career journey was like.

Amazing Apprenticeships - The Parent Perspective Podcast Season 2

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance.

Together with 'Not Going to Uni', we want to make sure that we are supporting parents to feel informed and confident in providing careers support and guidance to their child, so that they ultimately make the best decisions for them.

Through the podcast, Rachel and guests offer a fun and informative space for listeners to:

  • Explore which careers are available today
  • Showcase the experiences of interesting and diverse role models
  • Provide real-time insights into how the world of work is changing

Each episode, Rachel speaks to a diverse mix of parents, bringing their burning questions to expert speakers from the careers world. Together they uncover practical solutions and informative answers to help you and your child make informed decisions on those all important next steps.

Click on this LINK to access the podcasts and related resources for Season 2.

The Parents Guide To.....Website - Careers Support at 16 and 18

'The Parents’ Guide To...' website provides a range of free support for both Parents and Carers of Sixth Form students, as well as those taking GCSEs. It includes guides, useful articles, a Q&A system where we answer questions personally, live chats, and a blog with the latest news. It covers all the important issues Parents and Carers may need help with.  The website can be accessed via this link: www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/parents 

We have summarised these resources below:

Applying to University

Resources to support those applying to university in the 2021/2022 academic year:

  1. 'The Parents' Guide to' Personal Statements: Download here
  2. Ideas to help teenagers choose the right university course: Read more
  3. The 'Ultimate University Shopping List' with links to recommended buys: Download here

Thinking About Apprenticeships

Resources to support teenagers in making a decision about whether Apprenticeships could be the right choice for them:

  1. Apprenticeship levels, entry requirements and possible qualifications: Download here
  2. Is an Apprenticeship a good choice for all teenagers?: Discover more
  3. How has the pandemic affected apprenticeships?: Learn more

Talking About Next Steps With Teenagers

  1. Qualification levels from Year 11 to Year 13 - different types of qualifications and where they can lead: Learn more
  2. Board game to discuss Post-16 options: Download here
  3. Board game to discuss Post 18 options: Download here
  4. Virtual Work Experience, with regularly updated opportunities: Discover more
  5. Starting a business: Read more

Parents' and Carers' Careers Information Guides

Please click on the image to access the relevant Parents and Carers Guide.

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Parents and Carers Guide to Employability Skills

This guide was produced by Success at Schools which is a national careers website for students aged 11-19.  This guide supports Parents and Carers to understand the skills which your child will need to help future- proof their career.  Please click on the image below to access this guide.

Employability Skills


Parents and Carers Handbook - Helping your child begin their career journey

As your children progress through school and start looking ahead to a life after education, it can be difficult for Parents and Carers to know how to help them navigate the confusing world of career options. For many, the ultimate challenge is knowing how to offer support without projecting your own career aspirations onto your children. With so much change – from new apprenticeship schemes, emerging technologies, political and environmental upheaval and the coronavirus crisis – Parents and Carers can feel in need of a guiding hand themselves.

This guide contains:

  1. Choosing a career path
  2. Pathways into work
  3. University
  4. Apprenticeships
  5. Employability skills
  6. Subject journeys
  7. Gap years
  8. How to future-proof your child’s career
  9. Action plan

This guide has been created by www.successatschool.org to help you take a positive role in your child’s career journey. You will find a step-by-step guide to help them focus on career paths connected to their skills and interests. Please click on the image to access this publication.

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A Guide to Post-16 Career Options for Parents and Carers

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This guide produced in partnership with CIPD and the Careers Enterprise Company, is designed to help if you are a parent or carer to a child aged 11 to 24 and are thinking about their future career and what can be done to improve their opportunities.  Please click on the image to download a free copy this publication.

Parental Guidance Website - Careers Information and Advice

This website has been designed with Parents and Carers in mind.  It covers all areas of careers and offers ideas on how you can support your child on the following:

Unifrog Career Platform - Parent and Carer Accounts

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7 to 13 now have access to this excellent website.

The Unifrog platform is designed to support learners in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each student has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.  Key features of the platform include:

  • Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs, and webinars
  • Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills
  • Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies, courses, and placements for universities around the world, virtual work experience and much more
  • Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., resumés, Common App Essays, personal statements)

We have also set up parent and carer logins so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to support your child throughout the process. The sign up code you need is SCNBPARENTS and you can sign up following this LINK.

For more information please refer to: