Parents & Carers

We offer links to sources of information and advice for Parents and Carers.  From websites that offer general information about options available to young people including HelpYouChoose (Norfolk’s Careers Hub) and the National Careers Service, to websites that offer support with understanding Apprenticeships and University Education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Careers Team: or call the school: 01603 497711. 

Free Guide

Want to know a little more about the Careers options that are available for your child?  New to T Levels?  Virtual Work Experience?  Take a look at this free guide that offers information about a variety of key options: Tips for talking to your child about Careers; Information about Work Experience, Apprenticeships and Vocational Routes.

General Help and Advice

Norfolk’s HelpYouChoose

Norfolk’s HelpYouChoose website provides information about a variety of careers-related matters, including the Raising of the Participation Age, Subject Choices at 13/14, Choices at 16, Parents/Carers Guide to Work Experience Placements and the Norfolk Work & Skills booklet offering information about Norfolk’s key employment sectors.

Raising of the Participation Age

After studying for GCSEs in Year 11, all students are expected to continue their education or training for the next two years, until at least they are 18-years-old.  This doesn’t mean having to stay at Thorpe St Andrew School.  

There are a number of options available:

  • Full-time education in a school sixth form, sixth form college, further education college or with a training provider
  • Take up an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer
  • Work full-time with additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in a recognised qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time education leading to a recognised qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time education or training leading to a recognised qualification


Labour Market Information (LMI)

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

To undo the presets, simply click on ‘Clear card’ and type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Your child might be interested in an Apprenticeship?

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships (April 2018)   As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career.  There are many options available to young people after they leave school, and in this guide, the parent’s guide outlines information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.

Your child might be interested in a University Undergraduate Course?

Russell Group’s Informed Choices website

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.

Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.