Helping children to succeed at secondary school
September brings with it a new class or even a move to a different school for your child. For some, this is a very exciting time; at Explore Learning we hear our students chatting away about moving to ‘big school’ and planning trips to buy new uniforms and stationery. For others, you can see they are a little more anxious. Even those that are very confident ask questions about what it will be like when they move schools. How will they be able to tackle the new, harder work? It’s important to talk to children about what they are excited about as well as what they are concerned about. Let them know that it is OK to be worried about change, but it’s also good to take on a new challenge and confront their fears by trying new things.
We’ve put together some top tips for the new school year.
- Talk to families who already go your child’s new school and arrange a visit if you’ve not already been. You may find the school is the perfect place for your child. You can put your child’s name on the waiting list for the school you want to go to. This is no guarantee, but not everyone takes up the place they have been offered so you may get a place through the waiting list
- It’s really important to remember that if you don’t get your first choice of school, there will be other options. Keep an open mind - and try not to show any concerns you have about a school to your child.
- Moving schools or class can result in your child missing their friends. Ask them questions about new people they have met to encourage them to make new friends. Arrange to meet up with their old class mates outside of school so they can still see them.
- Their new teacher will have had information about your child from their previous teacher, however if there is something you feel is important that the teacher knows about your child, do drop them a letter/e-mail or ask for a quick chat.
- Keep them organised! Get your child to check their timetable each night and pack everything they need for the next day - one less thing for them to worry about.
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