Top Tips to Support Your Child during Transitions
Moving up from primary to secondary school can sometimes seem like a daunting and complicated experience. At The Turing School, we want to make the transition process run as smoothly as possible, but here are some top tips for parents on helping your children make the change smoothly.
- Reassure your child that their worries about transition are normal and that things will get easier.
- Read through the student transition booklet together to ensure that your child knows who to contact or where to go if there is a problem.
- Go through the ‘Frequently asked questions’ section of the website.
- Have a trial run of the route, especially if your child plans to walk or cycle.
- Get up earlier during the last week of the holidays so that early starts for school aren't a shock to the system.
- Help your child to get into good routines. Encourage them to pack their bag the night before. Help them to create a daily checklist for items they need for school. They should also look at their timetable to remind them about homework that they might need to hand in.
- Encourage your child to go to bed at a reasonable time and set an alarm to wake them up in the morning.
- Keep a copy of your child’s timetable to ensure that you know what they are doing each day; put on display somewhere visible in the house. Also, encourage them to have a copy of their timetable on their phone so if they lose their paper copy they will still have one to refer to.
- Support your child to stick to the uniform code. Your child will feel more comfortable from day one if they’re wearing the correct uniform. They will feel like they are part of the school community and it will prevent constant negative interactions with staff.
- Get in touch with us if something happens that may affect their day. (See who to contact tab?)
- If possible provide a quiet area for them to complete their homework, and agree upon a routine for completing it. If there isn’t an appropriate area to work, encourage them to use the school homework clubs.
- Where possible, have a set of equipment at home to use for completing homework rather than taking equipment out of their bag. This will help to prevent issues with forgetting or losing equipment.
- Name and label everything, including shoes.
- Encourage your child to join lunchtime or after-school clubs. They are a great way to make friends.
- Ensure your child is “device-free” at least one hour before they go to sleep to enable them to have a calm end to their day.
- Visit the Starting Secondary School section of the BBC Bitesize website for tips, resources and advice: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zh4wy9q/starting-secondary-school/1