bringing out the best in boys

Parent Careers Area

Research indicates that parents are the single greatest influence on their child’s education and career decisions. High parental engagement can have a major impact on the young person’s learning, so every opportunity should be explored to research and explore future career pathways with your son. 

As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we use an innovative online resource called Start.


Start will help your son to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

How should my son use it?

Students have created their own account for Start at school, but it is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices. 

Your son will personalise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. Start will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what’s important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.

We encourage you to use Start with your son at home. Encourage them to rate jobs, qualifications, colleges or universities so that we can see their preferences in order to support them earlier.

What if I want to use Start myself?

Parents can also use Start to find out more about jobs, training and study opportunities for yourself. Please do not log in using your son's user details but instead register yourself using the steps outlined on the attached page; creating your own username and password - start here.

The following links have some excellent activities that you can also use with your son when having career conversations. 

Greater Manchester Higher

Greater Manchester Higher provides advice and information to help parents and carers to support your child to access Higher Education.  Visit the website for events, impartial and informed information, advice and Guidance, as well as FAQs, case studies and resources about higher education.

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