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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.

International evidence report

Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Gough, J. & Wright, S. (2020). The role of parents and carers in providing careers guidance and how they can be better supported: International evidence report. Coventry: University of Warwick.

Practice report - now available

Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Gough, J. & Wright, S. (2020). The role of parents and carers in providing careers guidance and how they can be better supported: Practice report. Coventry: University of Warwick.

Webinar

This is a recording of the practice webinar held on 7 April 2020. Sally-Anne and John are presenting with contributions from Alan and Jenny. The webinar is 1 hour and includes the discussion at the end. A copy of the presentation is available here.

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 - December 2020

Project Funder:

The Gatsby Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation