As with primary schools, learning about what to expect and the admissions process well in advance will help you make the best decisions for you all while adapting to the new challenge of being less involved in school life.
Mental Wellbeing is often taught as part of RSHE, teaching students about the importance of mental health. Being able to connect with your child about mental health and knowing where you can signpost to is important in helping to tackle the stigma still associated. Dimensions can help explain mental health and provide information on a range of conditions along with recommended resources and top tips.
With friendships developing through parent groups and primary schools, you may have developed a trusted network of friends who you can form a 'childminding' circle with. Helping out on schools runs or looking after friends children for a few hours on a evening can help out parents who do not have family nearby to help with childcare.
While Physical Education remains on the core curriculum, puberty and outside interests can mean this age group start to cut back on being active. Think Active are funded by the National Lottery & Sport England to help enable children & young people across Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire to become and stay physically active. Find some tips at Think Active.
When your child moves to secondary school it may be the time has come for them to walk or cycle to school without a parent or carer. Taking notice in advance of safe routes will help you and your child feel safe and ready for the independent step coming next.