Parents and Carers

Investing in your Son/Daughter’s Future

Research has consistently shown that parents and carers are the most influential factor in students’ decisions about the future. Your support and encouragement influences their choices, and the guidance you provide will be invaluable to their eventual achievements and career pathways. This might feel a little daunting…the jobs of the future may be very different from your own experiences and choices. In fact, they may not even been invented yet!

There are some very simple and practical steps you can take to support your child.

1. Talk to them about their current educational attainment and estimated grades and encourage them to aim high (the skills shortages of the future will be in higher level jobs)

2. Discuss where they want to be and research how to get there (lots of great resources in the Academy and on the internet)

3. Use the links on the academy website

4.Encourage them to seek out the advice and experiences they need to help them achieve their goals

5. Help them with the steps they need to take

6. Encourage them to seek out their own work experience in the year 10/11 summer holidays

7. You are welcome to attend your child’s careers meeting and we encourage you to contact Paul Tuffnell at John Whitgift Academy if you need any more help or information.

Together with a range of career professionals, businesses and training providers we will support your son’s/daughter’s career development in a number of ways including:

· Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help them make decisions about your future

· Activities and events such as employability days

· Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities, parents and option evenings and on results days

· Careers information and computer-based careers programmes

· Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites

Year 11 Post 16 Open evenings & Events

Year 11 progression is hugely important for your child. Here at John Whitgift, we constantly inform all students of possible progression routes and offer sound advice and guidance relating to different destinations that could be of interest.

Please see JWA Careers Events page for the most recent open evenings and events that are happening in the local area as possible Post-16 progression routes for your child. Always every student in year 10 and 11 has access the JWA Careers Portal on TEAMs that contains relevant information about all Post-16 opportunities within our region.

If you need any further information on any open day events happening locally then please feel free to contact Mr Tuffnell in school.