Moving on up...

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Moving up from primary school is a big deal -- and for year 6 children the thought of moving on to secondary school can be pretty daunting. Not only are their new schools so much bigger than the primary school they're used to, there are often many more rules, lots of new people to meet, unfamiliar lessons and subjects, and more homework.

Beth Parmar is a trainer and one to one coach for children and parents based in Berkhamsted, specialising in guiding children through tricky situations, equipping them with the skills to deal with issues and problems that life present them with -- whether that's working with children themselves, or helping parents find ways to support their children as they face new challenges.

At Everyball, we're always interested in ways that children can develop skills and resilience, so we asked Beth to share how parents can support their children through that tricky primary-secondary transition.

How can we help?

Boost your child’s confidence.

When children feel confident, they are better equipped to embrace new challenges. You can do this in very simple ways – pay them a compliment, allow them a bit more responsibility, remind them of the things they have achieved and offer constructive feedback when they fail at anything.

Help them to problem solve their fears.

Your child may be worried about what seem to be the most trivial details of secondary school. Spend time listening and encouraging your child to come up with a set of solutions to these problems. Offer suggestions, but allow your child to take the lead on this one.

Stick to the uniform code.

Your child will feel more comfortable from day one if they are not worried about being told off about having the wrong uniform.

Think about any changes you might need to make at home.

How can you make sure they have the time, space and energy for homework? This could be having a set time for homework, providing adequate desk or table space, or ensuring there is space which is free from the distractions of TV, other siblings or excessive noise.

Encourage them to join lunchtime or after-school clubs.

They are a great way to make friends, learn new skills and step out of their comfort zone. Do make sure not to ‘over-schedule’ activities though, as children need some down time each week to rest and relax.

Give your child a few weeks to settle in.

Ensure you know who to contact for any situation and the school's preferred means of contact. If they are having any problems, social or educational, make an appointment to see their form tutor.

Beth runs workshops for children aged 7-11 called ‘Brilliant Minds’ which cover topics including ‘Boost Your Confidence’, ‘Working out Your Worries’, ‘Dealing with Anger’ and ‘Friendship Skills’. For GCSE students, ‘HeadsUp!’ focuses on revision strategy and exam confidence, and her ‘Parent Powers’ programme is available as a workshop or audio series. She also offers a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss any aspect of parenting or issues with children. To find out more or to book, visit Beth Parmar's website:

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