Parents and Carers

The government has changed the law in recent years so that now young people leaving school need to continue in education or training until thier 18th birthday. Students can choose to study or train in the following ways:

  • Study full time in a sixth form or sixth from college
  • Study full time in a further education or specialist college
  • Undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Work or volunteer full time whilst combining that with some training

The careers team and wider staff at Buttershaw provide a lot of information through PSCHE and within their subjects which may not be shared with their parents/ carers. Here at Buttershaw we understand that parents/carers are vital in students understanding of career choices and the decision that they make. We would like to make sure that parents and carers have up to date information on choices 14+, 16+ and beyond and we want to encourage you to attend our aspirations evening, parents evening and any careers appointments made available to you on that night. We also encourage students to share their conversations with the careers adviser in the school. If parents or carers have any careers related concerns you can get in touch with Mr Grant

https://grofar.com/

Grofar is our purchased careers platform which we use with our students to aid them in researching into future career and education options. it is also used to help students build up a careers action plan based on their preferences, interests and skills, which they can then refer to at any point in the future , to help with applications for their next steps including apprenticeships, College and Sixth Forms I would encourage parents to look at this with their child which is easily accessible through the internet.

If you are looking for information to support your child with their career options, the following links could be helpful for you:

www.parentalguidance.org.uk

A really useful website that offers advice and information on all aspects of careers choice for young people aged 13-25.

https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/tips/ useful website with information on post 16 options and other routes into different careers

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/711088/Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships.pdf

An explanation of apprenticeships and how they work.

https://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/assets/downloads/Apprenticeships-and-Traineeshi-1488868922.pdf

Further guidance on apprenticeships and traineeships

http://www.wylp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/WYLP-Directory-2020.pdf

Local Training Providers and Colleges who provide apprenticeships in West Yorkshire.

Other useful website are listed on the useful websites section of our careers page. (Click here)

If you also want an explanation of what you can expect from a careers guidance interview, please see the following link which give a good explanation of the process
https://cswgroup.co.uk/education/what-to-expect-from-your-career-guidance-interview/

How can parents/ carers further help the school?

Our careers program aims to support young people to reach their potential and move on to a positive destination at the end of their time here. The school would like to engage with parents carers and relatives of our students in the development and delivery of our careers program. Support will be asked form parents regularly through our social media outlets. Here are a few ideas on how you could get involved

  • Ask your employer if they can host a group of students on an employer visit
  • If an employer, offer work placements to our students during our work experience week
  • Offer support to our students by acting as an interviewer for our mock interview panels
  • Support one of our school academies
  • Provide a motivational speech to our students

If you have any other suggestions or want to get involved please contact Mr Grant , who can look at how to accommodate you.