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Starting secondary or high school can be both exciting and a little bit scary for you and your child.

As parents and carers, preparing for this change and making sure that your child feels able to take the step from primary school can feel difficult.

However, there are many ways in which we can help our children – and ourselves – feel ready.

Click on the links below for helpful information and practical tips.

How can I support my child through big changes?

Some ways to help your child deal with new things in their lives.

How can I support my child through big changes?

What is different about secondary and high school?

The changes you and your child can expect when they make the step from primary school.

What is different about secondary and high school?

How can I prepare my child for secondary or high school?

Skills you can practise together at home to help the first few weeks go smoothly.

How can I prepare my child for secondary or high school?

How can I prepare myself for the move to secondary or high school?

Several ways to look after yourself and make sure you're OK during the move.

How can I prepare myself for the move to secondary or high school?

Helpful links and further reading

More practical advice, resources and information for families about this big step.

Helpful links and further reading

Becoming a young adult

Advice about the changes your child may experience during their teens.

Becoming a young adult
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