Sources Of Help And Advice
Parents Centre www.parentscentre.gov.uk has information for parents and carers who want to help their children to learn. Key documents are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.
Local Children’s Information Services (CIS) provide face-to-face and phone advice on childcare. Telephone 08000 96 02 96 (8.00am-8.00pm, Monday to Friday, 9.00am-12.00pm Saturday) for details of your nearest CIS.
Parentline Plus www.parentlineplus.org.uk offers support to anyone parenting a child. The website has useful information and a message board that lets you talk to other parents.
Learning Journey, produced by the DCSF for the Foundation stage and Key Stages 1 to 3, explains the National Curriculum for parents. It is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
The Advisory Centre for Education www.ace-ed.org.uk offers information about state education in England and Wales for parents of school age children. They have a general advice line 0808 800 5793, an exclusion information line 020 7704 9822 and an exclusion advice line 0808 800 0327.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (www.qca.org.uk) maintains and develops the National Curriculum. The website has information and responses to frequently-asked questions.
National Black Boys Can Association, a national organisation that supports Black boys between the ages of 9 and 16, has a handbook, Empowering Black Parents to Empower Their Sons. www.blackboyscan.co.uk
Friends, Families and Travellers www.gypsy-traveller.org gives advice and information to Travellers, whether traditional or new, settled or on the road. Telephone 01273 234 777.
The Refugee Council www.refugeecouncil.org.uk has advice lines providing impartial advice on the asylum process, support and entitlements to refugees and asylum seekers. Telephone for general enquiries, 020 7346 6700.
The Real Histories Directory www.realhistories.org.uk supports teachers, parents and the wider community in teaching and learning about cultural diversity in the UK.