Parents unsure about post-exam advice

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89 per cent of parents worry about giving the right advice to their children about options after exams.

New research from Directgov shows that 45 per cent of children turn to their parents as the first port of call for advice about options after exams. However, nine out of ten parents (89 per cent) worry about being able to provide the right advice and guidance to their children during this time.

In addition, more than one in four parents (28 per cent) are not fully aware of the options and services available to their children once they leave education, especially in the current economic situation.

The research also finds that 15 per cent of children turn to teachers for options advice, and 25 per cent turn to careers advisers.

The government has launched a new online resource for education leavers and their parents on Directgov called What’s Next. This is a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The initiative brings together a range of topics relevant to young people looking at their options after finishing education in one central place, presented in an easy-to-understand way.

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