Information for Parents
Parents' Guide from Success at School
This guide has been designed to help parents support their children in making informed decisions about their future, and develop the correct skills to help them succeed.
Helping your child with career decisions:
Below are some websites that are helpful for careers exploration and research;
It is never too early to start to explore the many different careers choices available. Below is a selection of websites which will help you to find out about the different pathways you can take and the many, different careers available within each sector.
Apprenticeships are an alternative pathway that you could pursue either directly after leaving school or as an alternative to university. As an apprentice you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to gain nationally recognised qualifications. The benefits of apprenticeships include:
- earning a salary
- getting paid holidays
- receiving training
- gaining industry standard qualifications.
- learning job-specific skills.
Apprenticeships are not for everyone, but if you have a clear idea of an industry or sector you want to work in they are a good destination choice. Please use the below resources to find out more about apprenticeships.
National Apprenticeship Service: Parents’ and Career’s Apprenticeship Information Pack
In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we use Unifrog an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 now have access to this excellent website.
We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need is: parentserdington and you can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code
T Levels were introduced in the academic year 2020 to 2021. General guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website here. New updates have been added to existing guidance, including information on 2022 T level providers and updated course titles.
Aim Higher - "Get Ahead" Magazine
Please see below the link for the AIMHIGHER magazine ‘Get Ahead’. It has a range of information to support your child including:
• Next Steps – Support for year 11s
• T Levels
• Mental Health Support at University
• Why Study Law
• Careers in Ecology
• Student Sustainability
• Aimhigher Alumni
• Study Skills – Revision tips
• Interview Skills
• Building Confidence
You can view a PDF version: https://aimhigherwm.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/AimHigher-Magazine-2022.pdf
Please do email the Careers Team at Erdington Academy on [email protected] if you require information, advice or guidance regarding careers.