Supporting Parents and Carers

We understand it can be difficult to support your child with next steps after sixth form or college. There are just so many different options to choose from and all you want to do is ensure your child makes the right decision for themselves.

Deciding what to do for the best can be the scariest part for young people and often this results in them picking the first thing they see, hesitating for so long they miss an opportunity, or just choosing to do the same thing as their friends.

Learner Need Progression Plan

Higher education is either studying at university or a higher-level apprenticeship and is the next step after sixth form or college. Some stay at home and study, whilst others move away from home. It can be a daunting idea, especially if your child is the first in the family to study at this level.

Hello Future are focused on helping young people develop and grow. The below plan outlines how Hello Future supports learners as they move through year 9, KS4 and KS5 to higher education.

  • 1. Ideation

    Opportunities created to [1] provoke interest, [2] produce encounters, [3] begin engagement, [4] generate excitement and [5] raise aspiration.

  • 2. Understand and Upskill

    Opportunities crated for capability building in [1] communication, [2] confidence and [3] resilience.

  • 3. Practical Support & Guidance

    Provision of resources and information (applying to university and apprenticeships, wider lifestyle, citizenship and student voice).

  • 4. Transition

    Creation of opportunities to experience H.E. learning and H.E. environments. For example interactions with F.E., H.E., alumni and visits.


Here at Hello Future, we are committed to supporting both you and your child through this process. We’ve brought together some of most recommended sources into one place, making it easier for you to find the information you need.


Money Resources

academic q&as

Academic Q&As

study options

Study Options Resources


Universities Resources




Other Resources & Guides

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