Sending your child to school is such a huge milestone, and they spend many years going through the educational system from nursery right through to their GCSEs. So it is fair to say that school forms an important part of their lives. This means that there are certain cases where you will need to help them be more informed of what is going on. I wanted to share with you some of the things you discuss with your child’s school.
First of all, let’s discuss some of the changes at home that would benefit your school in being aware of. Some of these things will have an effect on how your child is in school and could explain their behaviour or a change from their usual self.
One of the first things to discuss is moving house. It is one of the most stressful things you can do as a family, so there is no doubt it can affect your child. They can feel uneasy, worried about the change, and struggle to get used to new surroundings. Telling school will help them to be aware of this stressful time.
Pets become a big part of your children’s lives, so when they are unwell or come to the end of their lives it can be hard for children to understand. Especially if they have been part of their lives for some time. So if something happens it is worth letting the school know in case there is upset or sadness.
Breakdowns in relationships
We all know in life that things can go wrong with relationships, be it your own, or relationships with close family members. So it might be worth explaining to your school what is going on. Of course, they don’t need to know the details but advise them of the change to the home dynamics.
Death is part and parcel of life, but it can also hit children hard especially when it is someone they are close with. If a member of the family has sadly passed away just give your child’s school a heads up just in case they get upset.
Changes in their behaviour
There may be changes to their behaviour over the years while they attend school, but there may be occasions where you need to discuss these changes with the school. Here are a couple of examples.
Every child can have an attitude at some point, but if it is getting out of hand it might be worth talking to the school about it. There may be things going on in school that is contributing to the behaviour at home.
Again many children go through a phase of not listening to their parents, but if you feel that it is problematic or could be an issue in school then you may want to mention it just in case.
Struggling with their mental health
Children can struggle with their mental health just as we can, so it might be a good idea to check in with them every now and again, especially if you notice behaviour changes. If you fear they may not be themselves school can help to make them feel better.
Struggles with school
Finally, every child can struggle with school and there can be a variety of reasons as to why that might happen, so here are a couple of the struggles that your child might experience with the school that you might want to discuss with them.
Your child might be struggling to keep up with demand when it comes to their homework. So you may want to discuss this with the school. They may be able to help with extra support or different homework to build up their confidence.
It could be that your child might be struggling with particular subjects or lessons like maths or handwriting. It is completely normal for your child to not be 100% in some subjects but having an open discussion about it with your child’s school can help to get extra support.
Friendships can change very often when your child is in school, but if you notice any particular changes then you could let the school know. You might also want to have the conversation to check that your child is happy and settled in school during breaks and lunch times.
Finally, one thing that must be reported to school is any form of bullying. It is isolating for a child to be bullied in school but it happens very frequently. Discussion with the school can help for interventions to be put in place.
Hopefully, this has made you more aware of things you should discuss with your child’s school.