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The Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Moving from Primary school to Secondary school is an exciting time, but it can also be an upsetting one for some pupils. With so many things to think about from the larger environment to the independent travel to school, it can be difficult for some to adjust to the changes, causing stress and anxiety. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to prepare, making the transition less overwhelming for both you and your child.

 

Identify Any Worries Your Child May Have

There are many things that may be on your child’s mind about their move to Secondary school, and the first step to helping and supporting them is to ask them if there’s anything worrying them about the transition. Talking through any issues they have builds their confidence and helps them feel supported.

 

Make Sure They Know About The Changes

Your child will undoubtedly be aware of many of the changes from Primary to Secondary school, such as the larger atmosphere and bigger classes, but there may be some that they have not thought about. These could include:

 

  • Larger volume of homework and higher expectation for it to be completed on time
  • The need for greater organisation skills and meeting deadlines
  • Stricter uniform rules
  • Following a class timetable
  • The requirement for more school equipment

 

Talking through these changes with your child will help better prepare them so they are not overwhelmed during their first few days and can focus on enjoying them.

 

Encourage Them To Make New Friends

Starting Secondary school is an exciting time to meet new friends, but this can be a daunting experience for many pupils. Your child may have their old classmates join them at Secondary school, but encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone and make new friends can help build their confidence and allow them to create friendships that are better suited to them in the long run.

 

Help Them Get Organised

Being well-organised is a must for Secondary school, but your child may need help getting into good habits. Have them pack their bag the night before school so they get used to doing so, and help them create a study schedule for when to work on their homework so they don’t get into the habit of struggling to complete it the night before the deadline. The better organised your child is, the less stressed and anxious they will feel.

 

Remind Them It’s Okay To Ask For Help

Asking for help is something many pupils struggle with so reminding your child it isn’t as scary as it seems can help build their confidence about it. Discuss with them that if they have any concerns it’s important to talk about them and encourage them to find someone they trust, such as a tutor, so they feel as comfortable as possible.

 

Encourage Them To Make The Most Of New Opportunities And To Enjoy Themselves

Starting Secondary school is a time of many new opportunities for pupils. Find out what clubs and activities the school has available and encourage your child to take part. Remind your child this is an exciting time and everyone is in the same boat, so they should embrace the changes and remember to have fun.