What can you do to help?
There are lots of practical things you can say and do to help your teenager make the right decision.
Getting to know your teenager’s learning style
Different teenagers prefer different ways of learning. Talk to your teenager and find out how they prefer to learn. Some subjects involve more classroom-based learning and others may be more practical and work-related. This will help them to choose the right subjects.
Find out as much information as you can
It is important to attend parents’ evenings and options events, and talk to tutors or a Personal Adviser. It is also important to read carefully through any options booklets or information which the school may give you.
Encouraging your teenager to stay in learning
The longer your teenager can stay in learning, the better. They will be better qualified and are more likely to earn more in the future. By 2015, young people will be expected to stay in learning until they are 18 years old. You can read more about this, and how it will affect your son or daughter, on the page Staying in learning until 18