Family Support Blog #13

Top Tips for Parents with Children Transitioning to Secondary School


In our Family Support Blog number 13 we talk through any issues or concerns with your child regarding moving from primary to secondary school. This transition is scary and it is important that us as parents / carers can build their confidence, give them support in coping with practical & emotional worries.


Ask your child these 3 questions:

1. What do you think the best thing is about your new school?

2. What will you miss most about your new school?

3. What is the scariest thing about your new school?


  • Encourage your child to be organised, before they start secondary school, to get into that practice. Get them to prepare the night before, instead of the morning which may be stressful.
  • Remind them never to be afraid to ask for help. Talk to someone they trust, like a teacher, family member or friend.
  • Try to encourage them to make the first effort to make new friends, tell them about your own experiences.
  • It is important to encourage them to make a good first impression with organisation, presentation and behaviour.
  • Encourage them to join clubs with in school.
  • Try to get them to enjoy this new experience! Making new friends and learning new things.
  • Give your children more responsibility to promote independence.
  • Create a daily checklist for your child when they start school, to assist keeping them on track.


These simple steps can support a smooth transition for the next stage of your child’s life.

Our Family Support Team are here to offer support and advice and are running workshops in your school throughout the year so please get in touch if you would like more information contact are #hereforyou if you need advice, guidance or support – you can contact us via the contact information on our Team page.

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