The move from primary school to secondary school is a big step for your child. The secure and perhaps small environment of primary school where your child may feel like a big fish in a small pond will suddenly be exchanged for a large school building that can seem quite intimidating to many children.
The transition from primary to secondary school can also be a difficult time for parents too. You may be worried about the school your child will be attending and wonder if they will be able to cope with so many changes. New friends, new subjects and perhaps a new travel route too, are just some issues many children worry about.
Here are a few tips to help you and your child overcome some common concerns.
Some children will have encounter difficulties a few weeks after starting their new school. Watch out for the following symptoms:
If you recognise any of above symptoms, talk to your child's teacher and also to your child. If the problem appears to be academic stress or low self-esteem, consider finding a private tutor who can help find a solution to your child's individual needs and offer ongoing support.