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Help your child choose their next steps with Parent Information Sessions

19 April 2017

Did you know that when it comes to choosing their post-GCSE options, year 10 and 11 students are still influenced most by their parents and guardians?

However, supporting a teenager to navigate their way through the minefield of educational and employment pathways available to them after their GCSEs can be challenging, especially when the options are constantly changing.

That’s why Gloucestershire College is inviting parents of year 10 and 11 students in to each of its three campuses this April, for a series of Parent Information Sessions.

Each hour-long session is aimed at helping them fully understand the options available to young people after their GCSEs, including sixth form, vocational or technical courses and apprenticeships.

Sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Cheltenham Campus – Tuesday 25 April, 6pm to 7pm
  • Forest of Dean Campus – Wednesday 26 April, 6pm to 7pm
  • Gloucester Campus – Thursday 27 April, 6pm to 7pm

During each session the GC Advice Team will talk about the different post-GCSE pathways available and give a student’s perspective of this important time, based on their extensive experience working with 15 and 16 year-olds.

The College’s Student Development Team will be on hand to answer any questions on life at Gloucestershire College, the types of work and community experience GC students take part in and other support available at the College.

There will also be the opportunity for parents to ask any questions they might have about post-16 education, in a Q&A session.

Principal Matthew Burgess said: “We understand the choices young people face when deciding their next steps in education once they have completed their GCSEs.

“Some young people may already know which career they would like to train for, but don’t yet know the best way to get there, others may still be unsure which career route they want to go down and which qualifications to study to improve their career prospects.

“This is an extremely important time and parents and guardians play a key role in helping their children choose the right route for them; the route that best suits their individual skills, strengths, abilities and ambitions.”

Those interested in attending a Parent Information Session at their local campus can pre-book a place at:

Students wishing to enrol on a course at Gloucestershire College this September should submit their applications by 31st May 2017.

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