What support is out there to help you best advise your son/daughter?

Helping teens to decide on their future can seem more of a challenge now than ever whether you are a parent or a carer. But don’t worry, there is lots of professional help on hand. So, whether you are worrying about advising your teen, helping them with choosing their career path, wanting sources of information and help, keen to look at different sectors, want help with understanding choices at 16 or choices at 18, or exploring taking a gap year, you will find lots of useful links on this page.

Different pathways post 16

Tees Valley Combined Authority Website has a wealth of information for parents and carers and young people. To visit this page, click here.

Please explore the booklet from Tees Valley Combined Authority regarding Post 16 Options for your son or daughter. You will be sent a hard copy once school is in possession of these. To view the booklet, click here 


T – Levels 

T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course. To find out more please click here  or browse the official T-Level webpage by clicking here.

Below is a collection of resources and webinars that will help to equip you with the information needed to understand the new courses and be able to engage with parents and pupils about T Levels.

Bright Knowledge – Education explained (information about all the different types of courses and pathways that can be taken post 16) Click Here 

Not going to Uni – Website for those students who know they don’t want to go to uni but might want further information about other routes into the world of work Click Here

Paths to Professional Careers – A Parent’s Guide from Target Careers Click Here

Find Apprenticeships (National Apprenticeship service) Click Here 

A parents guide to Apprenticeships (National Apprenticeship service) Click Here

Become an Apprentice Click Here

The Apprenticeship guide Click Here

Amazing Apprenticeships website Click Here

Amazing Apprenticeships Parent guide latest issue Click Here

Get My First Job (Offers a whole new way to find Apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead) Click Here

Courses and qualifications for 14-19 year olds Click Here

Russell Group Universities Click Here

The complete University Guide Click Here

Which University Click Here

UNISTATS – Compares different university courses Click Here

Advice to Parents from UCAS about applying to University Click Here

Exploring different Career Sectors and jobs

icould – A website with information exploring different career sectors with videos, guides and advice Click Here

Input Youth Job Guides – Providing information guides relating to a wealth of different career choices Click Here

Total Professions – This website was set up with the aim of bringing professional bodies together to encourage and inspire the career aspirations of all people, whatever their background Click Here

All about careers – A website exploring all options post 16, with links to job information too Click Here

National Careers Service – Provide information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work Click Here 

Parents Guide to Tomorrow’s Engineers  Click Here

Supporting your son/daughter at key times in their education

Family Lives – offers advice and information from truancy to gap years, from career choices to peer pressure Click Here

Parent Adviser Click Here

Parental Guidance from the Careers Writers Association Click Here

Advice for parents/ carers of children with SEND Click Here

Taking a gap year

Is a gap year right for my son/daughter? Click Here 

Prospects Gap Year Guide Click Here