Expert advice on entry to some of the most competitive senior schools in the UK.
Believe it or not, one day all the 11 Plus hard work is over, and your child has a lovely new school to go to with all its possibilities and opportunities that this entails. Well done to you for getting them there! However, the excitement can sometimes be mixed with anxiety and so here are a few tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
What might your child be worrying about or maybe feeling anxious about?
1. Having been the top of the tree and all-powerful in the last year of primary school they are suddenly bottom of the tree and feeling very small, in a new, often much bigger environment.
2. Primary School children are usually taken to school and even if they might relish their new independence, it is a big step to start travelling to senior school independently.
3. At primary school, your child probably had some secure, established friendships and knew many children in their year. They might be joining a new school knowing few people and feeling nervous about making new friends.
4. Children might feel nervous about the new subjects they will be tackling and managing their homework timetables. Children might also feel anxious knowing that they will be expected to organise themselves much more and get themselves where they need to be around the school site.
5. Children often receive a smartphone when they start secondary school and research shows that they often receive hundreds of WhatsApp and social media friend request in the first few weeks. This can be totally overwhelming. Children often have their first experience with social media around this age and often have little knowledge about how to set up correct privacy settings etc.
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