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Changing Schools

We all want to see our child(ren) happy and succeeding at school but changing schools for a child can be a significant decision and should be approached thoughtfully. If your child is not happy in their current school due to bullying behaviour, it may be something you have considered.

Changing schools is very stressful and no child should have to change schools because of a bullying problem. Your child will have to leave their friends behind and make new ones and they may find it hard to settle. It’s very scary to take that leap and of course, with bullying happening in all schools, it may not necessarily resolve the issue. But, when our child isn’t happy and their well-being is suffering, we owe it to them to take that chance for them.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. If you do make the decision to send your child to a different school, where possible, try to make the transition at the beginning of a school year, or at least at the beginning of a new term as starting a new school mid term may have a negative impact on your child’s education .
  2. Explore other schools in your area and consider their academic programmes, extra-curricular activities, and overall culture. Look for schools that align with your child’s interests and needs.
  3. Does the new school follow the same lesson and exam format as the original school?
  4. You should also consider the distance to the new school. If it is further from your home than the original school, would your child be able to get there and back safely? This may mean additional travelling expenses.
  5. Schedule visits to potential schools to get a feel for their atmosphere and meet with teachers and administrators. This will help you assess whether the new environment is a good fit for your child.

Depending on your child’s age, involve them in the decision-making process. Discuss the options with them and consider their preferences. Feeling involved in the decision can empower them and make the transition smoother.

When you do find a school that is suitable for your child, develop a transition plan. Inform your child’s current school, complete any necessary paperwork, and ensure a smooth transfer of academic records. After the transition, closely monitor your child’s progress and well-being. Stay in communication with teachers and be open to addressing any new challenges that may arise.

Remember to ask the new school about their Anti Bullying policy and ask them what procedures they follow for those involved in an incident of bullying. You need to be confident that any further problems will be dealt with in the new school.

If your child’s unhappiness persists, consider seeking advice from educational professionals or a counsellor, who can provide additional insights and guidance.

Remember that changing schools is a big decision that can have both positive and negative impacts. Take the time to carefully assess the situation and make a decision that best supports your child’s overall well-being and academic success.


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