Supporting your child at secondary school


At a glance

How to provide practical and learning support for your child at secondary school

Before the school day

Establishing a routine in the morning  will help the day start smoothly and with minimum stress.

  • Tips for a positive start to the school day:
  • Rise early to ensure the breakfast and preparation is not rushed . Allow for ½ hour extra to ensure all unforeseen incidents can be accommodated.
  • Encourage your child to pack their school bag and lay out their uniform before going to bed each evening
  • Try to make sure your child eats breakfast - this provides essential energy and will help  you child perform better at school

Evening after school

  • Check each evening for letters home or permission forms or homework diaries to sign as this will help avoid early morning panic and items being forgotten.
  • Ask your child about the day.

Helping with homework when necessary

Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school.

Remember your own experience of homework and revision can be a valuable guide to show your child how to study 

But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well.

Look for opportunities to talk to your child about schoolwork - children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it's more of a conversation than an interrogation.

Ask your children if there's anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work and how to time manage their  lessons and revision . The following is a rough guide to how long your child should be spending on homework at secondary school:

Years 7 and 8

45 to 90 minutes a day

Year 9

60 to 120 minutes a day

Years 10 and 11

90 to 150 minutes a day

Support your child's learning and development

Encourage your child to be active and have a physical activity like athletics , football, tennis golf etc

Reading is  a very important joyful experience  and regular reading of library books and newspapers is very important for literacy skills and mind development . Shared interests in reading is useful for the relationship with the 

If you’re planning a day out, visit a museum or gallery that will tie in with work your child is doing in subjects such as Art, English, History, Geography or Science - this can be a fun way to add depth and interest to your child's learning and to happy memories of your own teenage years .

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