Whatever has caused your child's interrupted learning, they may need some additional support to help them do their best at school. For example:
If you are a service family, your child's education may have been interrupted because you are moving around due to deployment at home or abroad. Your child may have attended many schools in the UK and abroad. Your child will need to adjust to these moves and to the way that each school operates.
If your child is ill, they may be in hospital or recovering at home. Please see our Health needs page.
- You can download a factsheet on School attendance from the Enquire website.
How can I help?
- Get involved with your child's school as much as possible.
- Encourage your child to spend time with friends where possible.
- Help with homework.
- Talk about what's going on.
- Prepare for any changes.
Where can I find further advice?
Armed forces families
- Transitions for armed forces families - This nutshell aims to help make the transition to Scotland as easy as possible.
- Department for Education good practice guidance, How schools secure the progress of children from the armed forces families.
- Reading Force – this free shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk and scrapbook about a book which improves communication and enriches relationships with books and each other when families are separated or when they are at home together.
- Forces Children’s Education website is a dedicated resource and first stop for parents and families transitioning to Scottish schools.
- Revised Scottish Government guidance for local authorities, hospitals and other services in relation to children unable to attend school due to ill health.
- Scottish Government guidance for local authorities on making special arrangements for children who are unable to attend school for health reasons.
- A guide for parents about school attendance describes important aspects of the support your child is entitled to if school attendance is a problem.