After Year 11, the range of qualifications and places to study widens considerably. You can help to encourage your teenager to explore the best way for them to continue their learning.

Remind them that better qualifications lead to improved job prospects and higher earnings. There are now few jobs around that require no qualifications and even fewer expected in the future. By 2020, the Government expects that 40% of all jobs will require a degree.

Your teenager could decide to stay in full-time education, start a training course or Apprenticeship or look for employment. If they already know where they want to be in the future, they may need to gain qualifications in specific subjects. If they want to keep their career options they should think about the subjects they enjoy, the most useful qualifications to take and the methods of learning that would suit them best.