If your child is about to leave primary school and move to secondary school, it’s likely that they will go through a lot of changes.

These changes can be upsetting to children, who may feel worried because they are leaving friends and teachers behind in primary school and overwhelmed because they will get a new timetable and new classes.

If your child is about to transition from primary to secondary school, here are four ways you can help support them through this sometimes challenging but also very exciting time.

4 Ways to Support Your Child When Moving to Secondary School

  1. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings openly. It’s important for your child to feel like they can talk to you about anything, and this will become even more important as they face new challenges at school. 
  2. Help them to get organised -secondary school can be a big step up in terms of workload, so help them to get into good habits early on.
  3. Talk to them about their expectations and concerns – again, this will help them to feel more prepared and confident.
  4. Finally, encourage them to get involved in extracurricular activities and make new friends – this will help them to settle in and feel part of their new school community.

As parents and guardians, you play an important role in supporting your children through changes.

These changes can sometimes be difficult for children to process and understand, but with the help and guidance from you, they can navigate these changes with ease. By providing love and support, and listening to their concerns, you will be helping them to find positive ways to cope with change. When children feel supported, they are more likely to feel confident and secure, and better able to cope with whatever changes come their way.

We hope that you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition from primary school to secondary school, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help!