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Preparing for senior school

The time has come for your 'baby' to move on to secondary school in England and Wales or post-primary school in Northern Ireland. Most of us remember what it was like to start 'big school', but it's fair to say that a lot has changed since then!

Schools are very aware of the importance of this transition and put activities in place to prepare children for the step up. So getting them ready is a real joint effort between home and school. Here's lots of information and practical advice to get you off to a happy start and help you support your child .

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Blog: The moment it dawns that it's not just your child leaving primary school

Mum and former PTA treasurer Tara talks about her son moving up to 'big school', learning to let go of primary school and saying goodbye in style - get the tissues ready!

Online safety tips by parents for parents

From sharenting to cyberbullying, Internet Matters have a range of parent stories that offer practical ways to deal with the challenges of parenting in the digital world.

I'm worried that I won't understand my child's maths homework

Your child may be studying subjects you struggled with at school and maths is often the one parents worry about. If you want to improve your maths and support your child's learning, National Numeracy have some brilliant resources.

Be School Ready 2018

For the last three years we've run our #BeSchoolReady campaign for primary schools. This year Parentkind member associations can also apply for free magazines to help them welcome new parents to secondary school in England and Wales and post-primary school in Northern Ireland.

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Evidence indicates that parental involvement continues to have a significant effect on achievement into adolescence... very high parental interest is associated with better exam results." Department for children, schools and families, 2008

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