The move between primary and secondary school happens alongside the transition from childhood to adulthood. With this comes many changes – changes to bodies, emotions, behaviours and attitudes.

Teachers and staff understand these changes and can provide information and support. Friendships developed during secondary school can provide peer support and help children develop social skills and self-esteem.

Making new friends and feeling comfortable are especially important when children start secondary school. It is important to remember, however, that your child’s friendships may change as they develop a sense of themselves and make sense of the world around them. A child’s relationship with their parents and family may similarly change.

Students adapt to transition in different ways. If you feel that your child is having difficulties, it is important to discuss your concerns and ask for help if needed.

Supporting your child’s welfare

Parents have an important role in supporting their children’s progress at school. It is also important to know that there are staff with specific roles to support student wellbeing and student learning available in schools, see: Student Support Services

More information

For more information about how schools support your child’s health and wellbeing, see: Child Health and Wellbeing