Parents and Carers

This webpage is for Parents and Carers; and this includes grandparents, older brothers and sisters, or any other relative or person with significant caring responsibilities.  Families come in all shapes and sizes.

Scroll down for general Careers information, and a little further for specific information about the Apprenticeship and University options.

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.


The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help (young) people make decisions on learning, training and work.


Success at School is a national careers website for students aged 11-19. Recommended by the National Careers Service and Careers and Enterprise Company, the website aims to help young people make informed decisions about their future.  It hosts a section specifically dedicated to parents and carers.

Careermag for Parents connects students and their parents to the latest career and qualification routes available.  It offers help to understand teenagers’ options as well as dispelling industry myths and misconceptions along the way. 

For the latest edition, click here.


Advice for parents about the career options for their children is available from ParentAdvisor.  This website has been written by, and for, parents who want to contribute meaningfully to the process of making these important decisions.


A free, 12-page guide from the WinThatJob website gives straight-forward advice on helping teenagers with choosing a career, accessing careers services, employability skills, employment prospecting, compelling applications, and winning at interviews.


The Parents Guides website offers 12  informative guides to Post-16 and -18 Options, as well as going to University and applying for Apprenticeships in order to help parents understand all their children’s options so that they can give them the right advice at the right time.


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.


The Amazing Apprenticeships website has a full range of resources to help support parents and they can access current and past editions of the specialist Parents’ Pack, filled with the latest advice and guidance, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.  Coming soon is the Parents’ Activity Pack which focuses on activities, interviews with employers, and ideas on how to engage in discussions about apprenticeships at home.

For the May 2020 edition of the Parent Pack, click here.


Your child might be interested in a University Undergraduate Course?


Take a look at the UCAS Undergraduate: Advice for Parents and Guardians website, where there are lots of resources and information dedicated to helping parents and guardians support students applying to uni.


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.


Martin Lewis: Student Loans Decoded from the MoneySavingExpert website is a groundbreaking, no-nonsense, authoritative video guide to student finance and the real impact of higher education on both students’ and parents’ pockets.