This information is for you if your child is moving to a new school - for example, if you have moved home or if your child is about to start secondary school. It is also relevant to parents wishing to support their child at the start of a new school year.
Moving schools or starting a new school year can be both exciting and anxious times for children. Children face new experiences and opportunities and may need extra support. Parents, carers and family members can help children to prepare for changes and settle in more quickly.
By knowing as much as you can about the school's arrangements, you can help your child to move on smoothly to the next stage in their education.
Before the new school year, schools try to make sure you and your child have the right information. You can access the school's handbook. Schools often send out useful details in newsletters or invite parents to meet their child's new teacher and find out more about the school.
You should get information on practical matters, for example timetables, transport and after-school activities. The school should also let you know what your child will be learning, how you can help with their learning and what arrangements the school has for additional support.
To help your child settle in at school, you can:
If your child is moving from primary to secondary school, you may wish to read or download Parenting across Scotland's top ten tips - starting high school.
If you do not receive documents or information about these kinds of events, contact the school office and ask.
Read access information provided by the school, which may include:
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