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Parent Communication May 2022

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This year, Mental Health Awareness Week will run from 9th to 15th May. This annual event, which focuses on improving good mental health across the nation, is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

This year’s theme will explore the impact of loneliness and how we can tackle it, following recent research by the Mental Health Foundation that showed that many people have increasingly been suffering from feelings of isolation and loneliness which has led to harmful consequences. Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. We might live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated. Find out more about the steps you can take to help yourself and those around you and where you can find further support. ‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ as part of the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign



There are lots of summer opportunities for our Level 3, Year 1 students who are interested in moving onto Higher Education, including a range of UNIVERSITY SUMMER PROGRAMMES and TASTER EVENTS, these are a great way for students to experience what university life is like.

From subject taster sessions to social activities, your child will meet fellow students from all over UK and, in many cases, explore a subject of their choice at a UK university.

This year many Universities are planning to offer in person events (but there are also virtual events available). All Summer events have different entry criteria, subject specialisms, duration and closing dates

If your child has a University they’re interested in applying to – it’s worth checking their website to see if they’re offering any Summer programmes or Taster events. Or check out the information on the UCAS website, where you can search through a list of all available summer opportunities: University Taster Courses | UCAS

Please contact the Careers team for advice on summer opportunities or for support with making applications by email:

IMPORTANT DEADLINE! *UCAS reply by deadlines

If your child applied through UCAS this year, please encourage them to regularly check their UCAS Hub, as this will tell them which date they are required to reply to any offers they have received (they will receive reminder emails about this from UCAS as well).

If your child does not reply (via their UCAS Hub) by their given date, all their offers will be automatically declined. The next ‘reply by’ dates are:

*If they received their last decision on or before 19th May 2022, their reply date is 9th June 2022 (except if they are using Extra to find a place)

*If they receive their last decision on or before 14th July 2022, their reply date is 21st July 2022 (including Extra choices) Further details on replying to offers, can be found here: Search | Events | UCAS

Please get in touch with the Careers team with any UCAS related questions, including support with Student Finance applications-

If your child is leaving College this summer, after completing a Level 3 course, they may be planning to move into a higher or degree level apprenticeship (a level 4-6 qualification, achieved whilst working full time and being paid).

To find out more about Higher and Degree apprenticeships: what they are, how they work, how to find them, plus, some great top tips- you and your child may find this link useful: Degree apprenticeships – Learn more at (

Making your careers conversations easier

Useful resources

When it comes to education and careers, parents, carers and guardians are the biggest Influence in young people’s lives.

Talking Futures is a resource designed and created to help you have informed and constructive conversations with your child about training and education pathways available. A parents’ toolkit for career conversations (

To book a Careers appointment, for support with a range of careers issues, including Next Steps guidance and option choices, students, or their parents/carers, can email:

The College Careers team can support all students with a range of things, including: making decisions about their next step options, ways to identify and develop their strengths, skills and abilities in relation to their next step; plus, practical help with making applications and preparing CVs.


More information for Parents and Carers can be found on the DCG website.