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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: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, not all the ideas included in our Parent hub will be relevant while social distancing measures are in place. Your child’s school will keep you updated, and we've added new blogs with tips and ideas from teachers, parents and other experts to help support you through these difficult and uncertain times.

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Starting primary school

Is your little one starting primary school in September? Be School Ready with our tips and advice. Find out more
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Starting senior school

Is your child moving up to secondary school? Get ready for all the new challenges ahead for your child and you. Find out more
News, views and FAQs

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

Have you checked out Net Aware? The website has been created by the NSPCC and O2 to help parents see what sites, apps and games are popular, why young people like them, and how safe they are.

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 new advertising campaign.

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