The ultimate guide to starting a new school

Everything you need to know about starting a new school!

Starting a new school can be a daunting experience for both students and parents/guardians. However, with the right guidance and support, the transition can be smooth and successful.

To help with that transition, we’ve shared some of our top tips for starting a new school, ensuring that you and your child feel confident and prepared for this exciting new chapter in your life.

Explore Learning’s top ten tips for starting a new school

Navigating the transition to a new school can be challenging, but with the right strategies in place, you can thrive in your new environment. So here are our top tips to help you thrive!

1. Visit the school beforehand

Familiarise yourself with the school grounds, classrooms, and facilities by visiting the school before your child’s first day. This can help them alleviate anxiety and feel more comfortable on their first day.

2. Get organised

Make sure your child has all the necessary supplies and materials for classes. Create a schedule or timetable to help them stay organised and manage their time effectively.

3. Introduce yourself

Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to teachers at the new school, along with your child. Making connections early on can help both of you feel more at ease and build a support network at this new school.

4. Ask for help when needed

Encourage your child to ask for help if they’re feeling overwhelmed or confused at their new school. Teachers, counsellors, and support staff are there to assist them and ensure their success.

5. Get involved

Encourage your child to take advantage of extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports teams to meet new people and explore their interests. Getting involved can help them feel more connected to their school community.

6. Stay positive

This one goes for both you and your child/ Stay positive and open-minded about this new school experience. Encourage your child to embrace the opportunity to learn and grow in a new environment.

7. Embrace new opportunities

While starting at a new school may mean leaving behind old friends, teach your child to view it as an opportunity to make new connections and explore new interests. Embracing these opportunities can lead to exciting experiences and personal growth during their school journey.

8. Stay in touch with old friends

While starting at a new school may mean leaving behind old friends, help your child make an effort to stay in touch with them. Maintaining these connections can provide comfort and support during the transition.

9. Stay flexible

Be prepared for changes and challenges along the way. Stay flexible and adaptable, and remember that it's okay to make mistakes and learn from them.

10. Stay positive

Finally, for both you and your child, stay positive and believe in yourselves. Starting at a new school is an opportunity for growth and new experiences. Embrace the journey and have confidence in your ability to succeed.

How to move schools

If you find yourself needing to move schools, it's essential to approach the transition with a plan. Here are some tips on how to move schools smoothly:

  • Research: Look into potential schools in your new area and gather information about their curriculum, extracurricular activities, and support services.

  • Communicate: Keep open lines of communication with your current school, the new school, and your child throughout the process. This will help ensure a seamless transition.

  • Visit: If possible, visit the new school before the move to familiarise yourself with the surroundings and get a sense of what to expect.

  • Prepare: Help your child prepare for the transition by discussing the move openly, addressing any concerns they may have, and involving them in the decision-making process.

  • Support: Provide your child with emotional support during this time of change. Encourage them to express their feelings and offer reassurance that you'll be there to support them every step of the way.

What to say to someone starting a new school

Starting at a new school can be overwhelming, and it's important to offer support and encouragement to those going through this transition. 

Instead of generic phrases like "good luck" or "you'll make new friends," try offering practical advice and reassurance:

  • Listen and validate feelings: Acknowledge their feelings of anxiety or uncertainty and let them know that it's okay to feel nervous about starting at a new school.

  • Offer practical tips: Share your own experiences or tips for navigating the transition, such as introducing yourself to classmates or seeking support from teachers.

  • Provide reassurance: Remind them that it's normal to feel anxious about change and that they're not alone. Offer reassurance that they will adjust and find their place at the new school in time.

It's also important to be mindful during the transition about why your child needs to change schools. For example, if the change was a result of bullying, it's crucial to be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of bullying to prevent further harm.

How 1-to-1 tuition can help when starting at a new school

Transitioning to a new school can be challenging, and maintaining academic progress during this time is essential. 1-to-1 tuition can provide valuable support and guidance to students as they navigate this transition period. 

Our tutors are experienced in helping students adjust to new environments and can provide personalised support to ensure that they stay on track with their learning goals. We’re on hand to support students with any school milestone and will help children focus their learning through potentially turbulent times like changing schools. With tailored tutoring sessions, students can build confidence, develop key skills, and stay motivated to succeed academically.

Ready to experience the benefits of 1-to-1 tuition? Book a free trial with Explore Learning today and give your child the support they need to thrive at their new school.

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