6. Parents and Carers

As parents and carers you play a vital part in ensuring your child gains the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave Rainford High or Rainford Sixth Form. Hopefully this website will offer you further information that may help you to support them.

For all students Y7-13, we use a careers platform called Unifrog to help them research and document their CEIAG progress. As parents, there are many tools on here that you may wish to use with your child to help them make decisions and promote some discussion at home. We can particularly recommend you start with;

‘Careers Library’

‘Subjects Library’

The ‘shortlist’ tools are also very helpful when supporting your child in find the right college, university or apprenticeship. These options are all updated regularly, and the apprenticeship shortlisting tool is updated every 24 hours with apprenticeships from across the country.

To log on with your own parental log in – please click the link below to view the letter containing instructions on how to access the platform. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Careers Lead for the school.

Other useful websites and resources can be found below:

ApprenticeshipsBest Course 4 MeCareer Pilot
Just Go HigherMedical Projects National Careers Service
Open DaysProspectsProspects Advice
PushSACU StudentStudent Finance
Student LadderUCASUK Course Finder
UnifrogUnistatsUniversity Guide
What UniWhichMaths Careers

Unifrog letter

Year 9 Option booklet 2019-20

As well as Parent’s Evenings throughout the school year, there are CEIAG specific events that parents and carers should be aware of. We will of course notify you of the specific times and dates of these events if they are relevant to your child:

  • Y9-12Aspirations Evening (November)

A marketplace event where students and parents can speak to employers, colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and Armed Forces about Post 16 and Post 18 choices.

  • Y11 Be Brilliant Day – Parent Information Evening (December)

Following the Y11 students ‘drop down’ careers day, this event provides parents with important information about Post 16 and Post 18 choices, as well as changing Labour Market Information (LMI).

  • Y10-13 Parent Apprenticeship Evening (January)

A guest speaker from ASK presents information on how to find and apply for apprenticeships at both Post 16 and Post 18.

  • Y13 Progression – Parent Information Evening (January)

Parents are provided with information on the UCAS process in Year 13, as well as an update on student finance applications and a reminder about apprenticeship applications.

  • Y9 Options Evening (February)

Parents and students hear from the Principal and subject areas in order to make correct decisions about GCSE options.

  • Y12 Progression – Parent Information Evening (March)

Parents are provided with information about the UCAS process and how to best support students through it. They will also hear from an guest speaker on student finance and the application procedure. An update will also be provided on how students research and apply for competitive apprenticeships.

  • Y9 Be Brilliant Day – Parent Information Evening (July)
  • Following the Y9 students ‘drop down’ careers day, this event provides parents with important information about Post 16 and careers choices, as well as changing Labour
  • Y10-11 Sixth Form Open Evening (July)

The event enables students and parents to hear from the Sixth Form team and subject areas on Post 16 options at Rainford Sixth Form.

Finally, please have your say as to how you feel we guide you child and what we could do to improve the information we provide. Click Here to complete the Parent Questionnaire. This will also be presented to you when you attend Parent’s Evenings throughout the year.