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Relationships, making new friends and social skills

Schools work hard to prepare pupils for the transition from primary to the secondary phase of education.  As well as school-based activities for pupils, as a parent you may have been included in some of the preparatory activities too.  It is important that you attend any visits and events arranged by schools.  

However, even with support from schools the transition from primary to secondary school can still be daunting for young people, and they may show different emotions from worry to excitement.

For example, your child might have worries about having to travel on a school bus for the first time, alongside the prospect of meeting new teachers and having to make new friends. They will also need to get used to different ways of learning and having to think about all the new and exciting opportunities they can take part in when at secondary school. 

What you can do to help

Take time to talk to your child about the issues that they may be worried about, however small. Talk about what excites them and what they are really looking forward to.

It is natural for young people to have mixed feelings about their new school so it might take time for your child to settle as their emotions will be up and down - just keep talking and listening.

Alongside your child, read the online information provided on school websites and talk about the new uniform, making sure that all the required equipment is bought in time for the start of the new term, so your child is prepared and ready to learn.

See the child development and growing up section. Support them to make healthy choices which will help them feel refreshed and at their best, see the being healthy section.

Who can help?

For more advice about relationships, making new friends and social skills you can speak to one of our team. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

You will be able to get personalised advice for helping your child to learn in a fun and exciting way.

Older children can ask advice from a school nurse by texting our Confidential Chathealth service on 07480 635 443.

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