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A strong connection between school and home helps children get the best out of their school life.

Find out how to work with the school if you have concerns; your rights and responsibilities as a parent or carer; tips and advice for choosing and preparing your child for primary school and transition to senior school.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update: The Covid-19 vaccine will now be offered in schools to 12-15 year olds. Read more about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Be Primary School Ready

Starting primary school is a huge step for both you and your child. Download our Be Primary School Ready guide to help you and your child make a smooth transition over the next few weeks.Find out more
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Be Secondary School Ready

You probably have no idea where the time has gone, but suddenly you have a child who is starting their next school. Download our Be Secondary School Ready guide for advice on how you can support your child on their next adventure.Find out more
News, views and FAQs

How can I find out which websites and apps are appropriate for my kids?

Internet Matters can also help you to find out more about what your children might be doing online and give you some simple, practical and easy advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them as safe as possible.

Who should I talk to if I'm not happy about the amount of homework my child is set?

If you have an issue or concern that relates to your child, then you shouldn't hesitate to approach the school directly. The first point of contact will usually be your child's class teacher or form tutor.

It's in everybody's best interests that any issues are resolved as quickly as possible, our guidance is designed to help you handle concerns and complaints confidently.

Northern Ireland Department of Education urges parents to give their kids 'a helping hand'

“Education opens up a world of opportunities for children and young people and parental involvement and encouragement plays an essential part, from the very early years through to the vital exam stages." More about the advertising campaign.

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