Talking Futures offers a range of resources and activities to help you develop an effective approach to engaging parents in your careers programme take a look below at the resources:
- Delivering effective parental engagement
- SLT Careers Meeting
- Whole staff CPD session
- Evaluating your delivery
Tips and advice on planning engagement activities, how to communicate with parents, engaging with hard-to-reach parents and increasing the visibility of your careers offer.
A presentation you can use with your institution’s Senior Leadership Team to explore how to embed parental engagement in your careers programme.
A presentation you can use in staff training to upskill colleagues in parental engagement, including a co-creation activity working directly with parents.
How to collect and analyse evidence on the effectiveness of your parental engagement activities, for example, through surveys taken before and after events.
This dedicated FE planning tool contains suggestions for how you work with other departments across your college to maximise the reach and impact of parental engagement in careers.
Help parents understand their child’s careers education journey, the key decision points and how and when you will be offering them support using these visual journey’s.
What you can do next
Once you’ve reviewed the materials to help you get started here’s what else is available on the Resource Directory and our partner Talking Futures for Parents site:
Activities for parents and students
Activity plans for sessions you can run face-to-face or remotely to support parents, and in lessons with students. Find out more here: Activities
Further information and signposting
Talking Futures content including a film on the important role parents can play in decision making and a searchable directory of external resources about specific options and careers. Find out more here: Resources for Educators
Content for parents
Tools, tips and activities for parents to try at home to build their confidence in holding informed careers conversations with their children. Find out more: Talking Futures - Parents
Once you have planned how parents will be engaged in your careers programme be sure to make it available on your website. As part of meeting Gatsby Benchmark 1, your whole careers programme should be available for parents to refer to. Find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks