Working with parents and carers to widen access to higher education

Access Academy Training

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      10:00 am - 4:00 pm

It is universally recognised that parents and carers play a key role in influencing the future aspirations and pathways of young people, and, if well informed and confident enough, they can have a positive impact on supporting their young people to make informed decisions about their future.

However, parents and carers will often give advice to young people that is out of date, ill-informed and based on a reflection of their own experience of education.

Successful parental engagement has a key role to play in widening participation; developing informed and accessible support for parents and carers, helping them to understand the importance of their role, and empowering them to offer valuable support to their young people.

This session will:

  • Help participants to appreciate the impact of parents and carers in their young people’s future education and career choices
  • Investigate how an individual’s own educational experience may impact upon the information, advice and guidance (IAG) that they impart
  • Draw on experiences of other participants to consider and understand the challenges in effectively engaging parents and carers in widening participation activities
  • Gain insight into a range of strategies for parent and carer engagement
  • Work collaboratively to devise parent and carer engagement activities
  • Leave with an understanding of what effective parent and carer engagement could look like with their institution, organisation or Uni Connect

Who should apply?

NEON’s Access Academy Training sessions are designed to be applicable to practitioners, academics and researchers from HEIs, FECs, Uni Connect partnerships and third sector organisations.

Melanie Kidd, NEACO Higher Education Parent Carer Champion, University of East Anglia
With guests:
Aimee Hayes NEACO Higher Education Champion (Under-represented groups and Parent Carer Champion), University of Suffolk

NEACO Parent and Carer Ambassadors, University of East Anglia and University of Suffolk


Time: 10am start until 4pm, with an extended lunch break mid-way through the session

Location: This event is taking place online

Membership organisation rate: £120
Non-member organisation rate: £179
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