STEER supports parents
Like you, our top priority is your child's wellbeing
STEER works to safeguard 30,000 children across more than 100 leading independent schools in the UK. That's probably
more than 15,000 families. STEER was founded by the parents of one of those families, Dr Simon and Dr Jo Walker. Like every other parent in the country they were concerned to help their own children steer the road of adolescence. And that's why they founded STEER to develop AS Tracking...
Our daughter did AS Tracking last term and has recently been going through a difficult time. I found the support her tutor gave her using AS Tracking so insightful and helpful and as well as reassuring. I feel that thanks to this 'alert' we are able to better work with the school to help her and I am so impressed by the preemptive aspect of AS Tracking. It is fantastic!
Parent & counsellor
How does AS Tracking support your child on their school journey?
Watch 'Adolescence! We'll help you steer it' to see how children learn to steer their school journey with a
little help from AS Tracking
How can AS Tracking help you as a parent?
Watch 'Choosing the right school can be tricky...' to see how AS Tracking can help you choose a school which
places pastoral care at the centre of your child's education.
When a school chooses to use AS Tracking they will do so after careful research.
Your school will have investigated a range of options to support pupils' wellbeing before settling on STEER's AS Tracking. As part of that decision, they will have looked at STEER's reputation, its research basis, its responsible approach and its reliable track record. One of the most important features of AS Tracking that school's value is that it is not a profiling tool. It does not label a child with a label that cannot change and may limit them.
Dr Frank O'Kelly, STEER's Clinical Lead who is a GP of 30 years, a school doctor and a father of five, explains why you should feel reassured about AS Tracking.
'AS Tracking identifies children’s social-emotional needs early, guiding supportive, in-school intervention by teachers. Teachers use small, subtle, low level strategies to help individual children develop more rounded, healthier patterns of thinking.'
Dr Frank O’Kelly
Here's how a school uses AS Tracking to support a pupil...
Which schools are using AS Tracking?
Many parents are writing to their Headteachers about AS Tracking
“I wonder whether you have heard about AS Tracking? My daughter had a particularly challenging time at school and I'm sure would have benefited enormously if our school had had this sort of pastoral care system in place. As you will see, these schools are using AS Tracking to detect pastoral care issues before they happen. Having just watched an introduction it seems to me to be enormously empowering for both teachers and parents.”
Parent email to their Headteacher
STEER invests in supporting families beyond school
STEER has developed an app called USTEER for students going off to university. USTEER helps students navigate the challenges and pressures of independent living and working. Parents can download USTEER for themselves and discover how it gives their children who are leaving home the support and guidance they need.
Download USTEER for free on Play Store and App Store or scan QR code below with your phone.
STEER SPONSORS FAMILIES
STEER has developed a specialist web site called STEERING PARENTS.ORG to teach families how to adopt the same signposts that schools use with AS Tracking, in the home. Please visit our site and download any of our free resources at STEERING PARENTS
STEER also sponsors the children in the SpringBoard Bursary/ RCNF Programme, which places & funds children from urban contexts into boarding schools to give them new educational opportunities. STEER is seen as a trusted provider by schools and parents across the country.
Your school will be able to provide you with a document answering in detail many of the FAQs parents might ask about AS Tracking. We have also put some of answers these on the Guidance schools give to parents page. You will find that many questions you might have about data protection, use of the data, how the tool was developed, and how the data will be used are answered in these FAQs.