Reinforcing the message for parents and carers

Aimhigher recognises that parents (and carers/guardians) are key influencers in the educational pathways and choices young people make. It is therefore important that they are aware of the benefits of university and are able to support their children to make informed decisions about their future.

Aimhigher’s core programme of activities targeting WP students across our partner schools has a positive impact on their attitude to learning, awareness of and intention to apply to higher education.  In order to engage and inform parents/carers and breakdown myths about higher education we have  developed a set of resources and a programme of collaborative activities for parents to run concurrently with the student programme.

Letters to parents/carers of KS5 students participating in AHLS core programme conferences. Letters are written by Aimhigher and sent out by the participating students’ school or college. It is a tool to make parents and carers aware that their child has been to an Aimhigher conference and aims to prompt conversation about that experience.

Postcards to parents/carers sent by KS3 and KS4 students participating in AHLS core programme conferences. Incorporated into the conference they are attending, students write a postcard to their parents. On receipt of the postcard parents/carers are invited to ask their child about their day with AHLS, thus triggering a conversation about the conference and higher education. The postcard also directs parents/carers to the AHLS parent/carer website for more information.

Aimhigher works with the school to co-ordinate follow up ‘hot-seating’ activity with student ambassadors for parents at your school to support the messages students receive, dispelling myths and providing impartial advice

We can also work with HE providers to support your own parents’ events (such as options evenings, UCAS events, etc.) Contact lucia.byrne@kingston.ac.uk to find out more.

Parental Outcomes

Through involvement with Aimhigher parents will:

  • Have the opportunity to meet with current students to hear about the benefits of university;
  • Be more aware of the higher level opportunities available to their students;
  • Be more aware of the financial implications of higher level study;
  • Be informed of the support available including academic, pastoral, financial

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