The SLN has developed a Parent and Carer HE Ambassador programme as a new, local way to try and bridge the gap in engaging with parents with whom we know can play a pivotal role in informing young people’s study and career choices.

The programme seeks to provide a peer-to-peer model of engagement, to enable parents and carers who have children attending NCOP priority schools and who are supporting older children at university to help other parents overcome concerns or worries they may have about their children accessing higher education. We currently have 17  parent ambassadors who regularly attend options evenings and other school and community based events to share their experiences of choosing and applying to university as well as explaining student finance, for example.

The aims of the peer-to-peer approach are multiple; to aid schools and colleges with parental engagement, to provide a neutral space for parents and carers to share their concerns with other parents and for those parents to benefit from being signposted to tried and tested sources of information, advice and guidance to help them in their decision making.

If you are hosting an event that you think that could benefit our Parent Ambassadors, or for further information please email our Schools Liaison Programme Manager, Fay Lofty

Fay has a specialist interest in Parental Engagement through her own studies and you can read her most recent blog on FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education). Fay recently presented this strand of work at the annual NEON Summer Symposium and FACE Conference.

The video below is one of our parent ambassadors talking about the valuable impact and positive influence an outreach programme had on her daughter: