Parents' Guides & Resources
We hold regular parents' workshops on issues such as online safety, PSHE, revision and mental health so keep an eye on our calendar for forthcoming dates.
We regularly share useful links and resources via Twitter and Facebook on how to support your child with everything from mental health to revision
Following feedback from our Parent Forum, here are some useful links, advice and resources for parents.
Mental health resources
First Steps is an NHS Psychology Service, for children and young people aged 0-18 and their families. We aim to help with difficulties relating to behaviour, emotions and relationships and try to tackle issues early on, before they become severe or too difficult to manage.
Study Skills & Revision
Supporting Your Child's Relationships & Sex Education At Home
Sex education at home
Your role in your child's education about sex and relationships is important. The teaching of these subjects in school is designed to complement the discussions you have with your child at home.
Before talking to your child, think about your own views on sex and what matters to you in your relationships and family life. Work out your own values and morals so that you can give your child clear, consistent messages about sex and relationships throughout childhood. Sex education is most effective when it’s built up gradually over a number of years.
Don't ignore the subject altogether - you don’t want your child to grow up being confused about sex and relationships.
Tips on talking to your child about sex and relationships:
- Try to make discussion of sex a part of normal life not just a one-off talk.
- Talk as naturally as possible to your child as this will encourage him or her to be more relaxed and open with you.
- Answer any questions your child asks as clearly as you can so that he or she doesn't become confused.
- Listen carefully to what your child has to say and try to deal with any fears, concerns or misunderstandings as they arise.
- Be truthful if you don’t know the answer to a question - try to find out the answer and then raise the topic again another day.
- Don't avoid a topic if you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about raising it. Consider introducing the subject via discussion of a TV programme or magazine article or what your child is learning in class.
- Make sure any discussions are appropriate to the age of your child.
FPA (Family Planning Association) is a UK registered charity working to enable people to make informed choices about sex and to enjoy sexual health.