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The role of parents in providing careers guidance and how they can be better supported

There is much evidence on the role of parents and carers in supporting the career and education decisions of their children. It is recognised that parents/carers are not confident in the advice and support they provide as they lack understanding of the various pathways and the labour market. The Gatsby Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation are supporting the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick to undertake research to understand how parents and carers can be better supported by schools and colleges to feel more informed and confident with the advice they give to their children.

Our research includes a review of UK and international evidence, practices and interventions. It also involves speaking with a number of practitioners and stakeholders to find out what is going on in practice, what is working and any challenges or barriers to engaging parents and carers. The overall aim is to identify interventions and activities that could be developed and piloted within schools and colleges.

Would you like to find out more?

The study will be reporting findings in early 2020, as well as producing a practice report aimed at those work in schools and colleges. Webinars presenting the results of the research will be organised for February 2020.

If you would like to more information on the study when it reports next year or would like to sign up to a webinar, please join our mailing list.

Are you working with parents and carers in your organisation?

Do you have some interesting or innovative practice that you would like to share, please complete our 'call for evidence' form or email Sally-Anne dot Barnes at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Project Team:

Sally-Anne Barnes (Principal Investigator)

Sally Wright

Jenny Bimrose

Alan Brown

Michael Orton

John Gough, Centre for Lifelong Learning

Project Duration:

August 2019 - February 2020

Project Funder:

The Gatsby Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation