6 Point Checklist for Starting Secondary

August 27, 2015

6 Point Checklist for Starting Secondary

starting secondary school - checklist for parents


Are you and your child ready to start new school year? Here is your 6 Point checklist:

1.  Manage Expectations


Good preparation will make life much easier for your child when they move to secondary school.  If you sit down and talk to them in advance, they will be more confident when entering the classroom on the first day.  

They may have concerns that you are not even aware of, so sitting down and chatting to them will help you to identify how they are feeling about making the move to secondary school. 

2.  Be Prepared 

Try to organise their new uniform, if they are getting one, with plenty of time in advance so that they can try it on and get used to what they will be wearing for the forseeable future.  

Allow them to choose shoes that they are happy with – within reason and ensure that they are in line with school policy.  A schoolbag, if there is not a standard one, is where they can express their personality, so again let them choose what they like and this will give them a positive feeling for the new start.

3.  Work out a Timetable

starting secondary school checklist - timetable

Think about the timings that will be needed in the mornings to allow them to get to their new school with minimum stress.  

Then work back from that, allowing adequate time for the mode of transport that they will be taking and a suitable amount of time for a healthy breakfast.  It is almost always a rush in the mornings, so suggest that your child lays out their uniform and schoolbag the night before and gets in to the routine of that from the beginning. 

4.  Homework Help

To be truly involved in your child’s academic life, you will need to help them to set up healthy homework patterns from day one.  In the first few years of secondary school, the adequate time for homework is between 45 and 90 minutes per day.  

Help them with their time management and help them to set out homework goals.  Talk to them about it and ask them the ways in which you can help them to complete their homework effectively.

5.  Get Involved 

All parents today are under time pressure, but try to use their social lives to back up their learning from time to time.  Don’t use secondary school as a time to stop reading with them – you can still help them by going to the library with them and to discuss what sort of books they are reading.  

Talk to them about current affairs and encourage them to read the news.  If they are becoming interested in certain subjects, why not plan a family trip to a particular museum, exhibition or geographical site? 

6.  Have Fun 

Secondary school does not have to be serious all the time.  One very important aspect of your child’s education and development is socialising and building up their communication skills and confidence. You can really help your child here if you encourage them to grow a social circle and to make friends.  

Talk them about their friends and do what you can to help them to pursue common interests, whether those interests are sport, music or other hobbies. Follow this 6 point checklist and your child will soar in to secondary school!

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