Guidance for parents

Finding learning opportunities

Learning can be found all around you. Take time to discuss and ask questions and encourage your young adult to do the same to you, and above all, remember to have fun.

Here are some guidelines to help you with learning at home, and to support you in maintaining the wellbeing of you and your family.

The three main things that your teen is going to need when learning at home are:


Routines can be set but think wider in terms of learning opportunities to keep your teen motivated. Talking over the planning of meals, ordering online deliveries or arranging to collect the ingredients and cook them, is an example of how your teenager can develop project planning as well as new skills and experiences.

Connecting with friends

Teenagers in particular need social connection. Their brain is wired for experimentation, without weighing up consequences. Because they may be impulsive and decide to take risks, it’s worth explaining why Government guidelines need to be followed.

When parenting teenagers it is often more effective to ask questions rather than instructing.

Encourage them to stay connected to their friends responsibly, whilst following Government guidelines. 

Feeling successful

Encourage them to write (journals, blogs, diaries, messages, cards) this helps them to develop positive skills and increase communication with their friends.

There are plenty of activities you can do at home. For example, setting up table tennis over a dining table or in the garden if you have an outdoor space. Our museums and public buildings are also offering virtual tours.


Our parents guide to the curriculum is provided for you below:

Parents guide to the curriculum


Helpful links

Link Description Cost  
Feeling Angry Checklist Some strategies to help young people when they feel angry Free  
Raising Teens During Lockdown
A podcast where parents and teens share views about lockdown and the opening of schools
Requires free sign up to a BBC account
Preparing CVs A guide to help young people prepare a CV Free  
Resources for Exploring Careers Career advice and guidance Free  
Highlands College A link to Highlands College website Free  
How will GCSE and A level Grades be Calculated?  Advice about how GCSE and A Level grades will be calculated this summer in light of the cancellation of the exams Free  

What Happens about University Offers this Year? 

Update on how universities will process offers this summer in light of the cancellation of all exams Free  


Jersey Secondary Schools 


A link to all Jersey secondary schools Free