Talking Futures: Informal Q and A

This activity supports the following recommendations for good parental engagement:

  • Create a parent-friendly environment
  • Build trust with socially-disadvantaged families
  • Stimulate family conversations
  • Draw on parents as a resource

This session can be used as a standalone session or combined with other events that engage parents. It is an opportunity to bring together a small group of parents who would benefit from a more informal session, where they can support each other to explore the options and learn more about your institution’s careers programme.

Given its relaxed nature, it can be done at a time that suits parents best and may be particularly helpful for those parents with whom it is more difficult to engage.

This activity is best delivered face to face, rather than remotely – unless families are known to have the necessary equipment and your school/college has built up parents’ confidence in virtual platforms.

Activity Objectives

  • To make families feel welcome at school/college.
  • To engage parents who might otherwise not feel confident about attending an event at school/college.
  • To help parents feel that their role in their child’s careers decision-making is important.
  • To showcase your institution’s careers programme and demonstrate to parents where they can get support and further information.
  • To prompt conversations to take place at home.

Activity information

  • Engaging parents
  • 35 mins

Tags

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Talking Futures
  • Free
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
Top tips
  • Create a parent-friendly environment
  • Build trust with socially-disadvantaged families
  • Stimulate family conversations
  • Draw on parents as a resource