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Supporting your child with the transition to Secondary School

A number of strategies to help your child make a successful transition to their new school:

Keep a copy of your child’s school timetable near the front door so that they can easily check that they have everything they need for the day. Keeping a copy yourself where you can readily check it is also useful.

Encourage your child to pack the school bag the night before and lay out school uniform ready to put on. Check that they have the essential things like ID card, bus pass and front door key.

Support your child with homework by agreeing a suitable time and space for them to do it. Not everyone wants to do homework and if that is your child then they will often find ways of deferring the need to start it. Creating a timetable when homework should be done can help.

When your child has a difficulty with homework support them to find solutions perhaps by ringing a class mate for guidance or reading up about it on the computer. Most schools will have a time when students can do their homework in school supervised by staff that can help. This is usually at lunchtime or straight after school.

We all learn better when we get a good night’s sleep. Have a clear routine for school nights avoiding computer games and television in the hour before going to bed. See article on sleep.

Ensure that you understand the dress code for the school and ensure that your child does too! Schools tend to have a purge on the dress code at the start of term!

Talk through any worries your child may have in a sensitive and positive way. Discuss any persistent issues with the form tutor at school.

Some lessons such as food technology often require resources brought from home. Encourage your child to give you details of this in advance to avoid last minute panics. However, many children forget so you may need to prompt them "Do you need anything for your lessons this week?"

Show an interest in your child’s school life. Praise all their achievements, no matter how small and keep them feeling positive about school and learning. Don't assume things are going well because they do not say anything. Neither does that mean there is anything wrong!

If your child is now travelling to and from school independently ensure that they know what to do when things go wrong, like missing the bus or forgetting the front door key.