Support for parents and carers
In addition to support from school or college staff your son or daughter should be offered careers information, advice and guidance from an impartial Careers Adviser.
If your teenager has, or is in danger of dropping out of learning or training or if they have a learning difficulty or disability, they will also be helped by an adviser from Connexions Wolverhampton.
Connexions is a service giving information, advice, guidance and practical support to young people aged 13-19 to help them get ready for adult and working life. Connexions also offers support up to the age of 25 for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.
We may be able to offer your son or daughter...
- Help to understand their options at key decision points, including at KS4 option time, 16+ and 17/18+ and to make an informed choice.
- Specialised help if they have learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Extra help and support, if your son or daughter needs it, to deal with any problems or issues they may encounter.
- Advice and support with CVs, interviews and applications for courses, apprenticeships and jobs when needed.
- Help with making the move from education and learning to the world of work, and support if they encounter difficulties.
- Information on lifestyle, leisure and volunteering opportunities.
Connexions Wolverhampton wants to help you support your son or daughter to continue in learning so that they can make the best of their future. All advice is impartial and discussions will remain confidential.
During their years in learning your son or daughter will go through different stages of education and a number of moves when big decisions have to be made. Learning is split up into different key stages:
|Key Stage||Year Group|
|Foundation Stage||Nursery, Playgroup, Reception|
|Key Stage 1 (KS1)||Years 1 - 2|
|Key Stage 2 (KS2)||Years 3 - 6|
|Key Stage 3 (KS3)||Years 7 - 9|
|Key Stage 4 (KS4)||Years 10 -11|
|Key Stage 5 (KS5)||Years 12 -13|
We have put together some information to help you during the time when your son or daughter is dealing with important changes and decisions:
- Moving from primary to secondary education – Year 6/7
- Making decisions about Key Stage 4 option choices – Year 8/9
- Making decisions about what to do at 16 – Year 10/11
- Making decisions about what to do in years 12 and 13
We also have pages for parents and carers who have a son or daughter with additional educational needs.
Please download your copy of our information booklet for parents and carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Wolverhampton: Preparing for Adulthood. The booklet contains more information about other options for example:
- Study Programmes: these are peronalised courses with school, college or with a training provider for young people who are not ready to do a course at level 2 (GCSE grades A*- C or 9 - 4), or find it difficult to learn without extra supoprt and need more help to decide what to do in the future.
- Suppported Internships: these are personalised structured study programmes for young people with an Education, Health and Care plan. They normally last for a year and are primarily based with an employer. The aim is to support young people into paid employment. For more information see the Special Education Needs and Disabilities page on the Wolverhampton Council website.