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Moving your child from one school to another can be a very unsettling and worrying experience. This move can affect your child both emotionally and academically, so the transition will need to be handled very carefully by parents in order to reduce the amount of disruption it can cause.
To help parents prepare for changing their child’s school, here is some great advice from an independent school in Letchworth Garden City…
If you are planning to move your child to a new school, try to point out all of the benefits it will offer them. Stay positive about the move and maintain an optimistic attitude for your child to follow. If your child sees that you are confident about the transition it will help to settle their own nerves.
Leading up to the move, show your child the school’s website or prospectus and visit the school together to look around. This will help your child to familiarise themselves with their new school, rather than suffering with the fear of the unknown. You could also go along to school events like fetes or plays to help your child get used to the new setting.
Sudden changes like a new environment and new people can cause children to suffer from anxiety. With this in mind, reassure your child that they can stay in touch with old friends and even meet up with them over school holidays. The trick here is to make them feel a little less alone. For younger children, parents could arrange a play date with some of the new classmates to help their child settle in.
After school clubs
Another useful strategy for settling your child in at their new school is to find out about after school clubs. Have a look at the school website to see what’s on, and make a note of clubs and classes that match your child’s interests. After-school clubs can be a good way for your child to make new friends, so if there’s an activity that your child enjoys, contact the school and see if there is space available.
It’s also important to make sure that both you and your child are prepared for your new school routine. Try rehearsing your new route to school. This will not only help you to familiarise yourself with the area, but it will also help you to work out how long the journey takes – There’s nothing worse than being late on your first day! You will also need to ensure that your child has all the right equipment and uniform. Missing items could add to their feelings of worry or awkwardness on their first day.
When moving schools, it’s not just the school building that’s new. Your child will also have to adapt to new teachers, new classmates and possibly a new curriculum. If they are behind or ahead in their new class, they could lose interest during lessons. If this is a concern, ask the new teacher to keep an eye on your child and offer extra support should they need it. It is especially important for parents to be patient and not to criticise their child if they are performing poorly at the start of the transition. Remember it will take time for your child to adjust to their new school life.
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