Today Sarah from the Puffin Diaries expresses her concerns over the transition to high school.
As some of you may already have cottoned on, Stig is off to high school in September. Judging by the tumultuous end of year six, he is very anxious and worried about this prospect with a dash of excitement.
I am also quite nervous about the many catastrophic possibilities that face us. Being proactive I approached a mum I know a little, who already has an adopted son at the high school. She very kindly came to talk to me about a couple of things I could do to prepare us and things to organise when he goes back to school.
I thought I would share these with you but also ask please, please please if you have any other advice I would be grateful to her it.
1. Don’t wait for things to start going wrong go into school, meet the SENCo and tutor as soon as you can and let them know about your main concerns.
2. Ensure that he will be receiving an IEP.
3. Start with packed lunches as the queuing for food can involve a lot of pushing and shoving.
4. Ask if he can have a pass to leave lessons five minutes earlier to avoid being pushed and shoved in the hallway.
5. Check about the content of PSHE lessons to ensure that unsettling subjects can be avoided or prepared for.
6.Find out about lunch time clubs that he can attend to avoid the playground.
7. Enquire as to how his PP+ is to be spent.
8. Enquire about a possible mentor for him.
So those are the things that I have come up with so far. Do you have any other suggestions to ease transition?