Advice for Parents

Supporting your teenager with their plans for the future

At The Cavendish High School Academy, all students participate in careers sessions to help them prepare for the future. From Year 9 onwards, the Education, Health and Care Plans will be reviewed and there will be a focus on goals and aspirations for the future at the annual review meeting. As a parent, you have a key role in this important career planning process.

By the end of Year 11 you and your child will have made decisions about their future. This might be to remain at school and enter the school sixth form or move onto further education or training. Each student will have had the opportunity to meet with their careers adviser and talk about all the options open to them.

The calendar below shows what they need to do during Year 11 and the support available to help them make the right choices.  The school can support with any transition days and visits to the local post 16 providers forms part of the careers programme.

September - December
  • Explore the range of options in employment, training, sixth forms and further education colleges.
  • Use the National Careers Service website ( to explore career ideas.
  • Consider pathways that fit around their skills and interests and levels od need.
  • Check out schools, colleges and training providers own websites and prospectus for more information.
  • Encourage your child to ask tutors or teachers for more information or advice.
  • Go to college and sixth form open days and events.
  • There are deadlines for making applications – it is essential that you and your child are aware of these dates.
  • Remember that some courses are very popular so avoid disappointment by submitting an early application.
  • Use the SEND Local offer to help you and your teenager find out more about the support available to meet any specific needs
January - March
  • Application forms need to be completed by the end of January for some popular courses.
  • College and sixth form interviews begin.
  • If looking for training or work register with the National apprenticeship website
  • Contact colleges/sixth forms if your child is likely to need additional support. The support needs will also be included in their Education, Health and Care Plan and the colleges/sixth forms will need a copy of this.
  • If your child is looking for work with training, they need to start contacting employers; they might also need a back up plan such as a full-time college course or sixth form provision.
April - June
  • Check any costs for courses such as equipment for post 16 options.
  • Discuss with student advisers and the local authority if any finance is available for travel or equipment.
  • Have an up to date CV ready.
  • National Insurance numbers should have been issued by now but if not call 0845 915 7006.
July - August
  • Your child needs to enrol at college if they have applied for a course starting in September; there may be also be summer enrolments.
  • If they are continuing into sixth form make sure that they have completed their transition days and know term dates.
  • Child benefit should still be payable if your child is continuing in full time education, for more information visit

For advice once they have left school, phone the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.