James Whitaker
If you have child starting school for the first time this September, or if someone in your household is making the move up to secondary school, chances are you are starting to prepare.
We know that transitions like this can be a stressful time for the whole family. To help, we’ve compiled some of our favourite resources and highlighted some great social media accounts you could follow for tips and advice about starting school.
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When your child first starts school, it’s a big change in your family life, especially if it is your oldest or youngest child. You may feel sad and be worried that your child will be unhappy, will not make friends, or will not enjoy schoolwork. You may be trying to support your child to make it all feel exciting while, on the inside, you are feeling just as nervous. Starting or changing schools can be one of the biggest transitions in a child’s life, but it’s worth remembering that most children love school and go on to make the most of their education. We have compiled some tips on starting school that you may find helpful.
Starting school is a big step for children and can cause them (and their grown-ups) both excitement and anxiety. However, there are some practical skills that you can work on with your little one to ease the transition. Read our tips below for building their confidence and helping them to settle into a new routine. With a bit of preparation your child can feel happy and confident starting on this new adventure!

From the slang you need to know to ‘A day in the life of’ check out these excellent starting secondary school resources from BBC Teach.

PACEY developed a toolkit as part of a government-funded Starting School Together project to support school readiness. Access the toolkit today. 


In England, all children have the option to start school in September following their fourth birthday. A small number of children born prematurely may, however, encounter difficulties with starting school at this time. Find out more about the options for parents for their children in this situation.

Whether your child is starting Primary or secondary school, Parentkind offers practical advice to help you prepare, tips and blogs from other parents, fun quizzes and free downloads.

Of course, there are many more resources out there and we’d love to hear from you. Comment with your top resources or tips and we’ll share.
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