Parents' Transition Insights

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We hope that you have found this information useful. The pupils in the study and their parents looked ahead to the transfer to S1 with some concern as well as anticipation. On the whole parents were pleased with the progress that their children with dyslexia had made in secondary. At times the journey was a little bumpy, especially in the first term but in situations where parents were keeping in touch with the school problems were addressed to everyone's satisfaction.

The project team wishes you and your child a successful journey towards an easy transition from P7 to S1. Remember the following important points which may ease the process.

  • Communicate with your child's teachers both in P7 and in S1.
  • Encourage your child to speak to you about the P7 visits to secondary.
  • Make sure that the S1 teachers who will be working with your child know about his/her dyslexia and have communicated their awareness to the child.
  • Encourage your child to make a note of their new teachers' names together with their subjects. Help your child to memorise these.
  • Ask for a map of the interior of the school so that you can help your child to find his/her way around by practising on the map. Encourage your child to visualise the routes.
  • Ask the school about the support that will be available for your child and make sure that your child is happy about the plans that are made especially if they involve time in a support base or having an additional adult's help in the classroom.
  • Find out if the school uses a "buddy system". If not them ask if this might be possible for the first week or so.
  • If your child is anxious about the whole thing then let the school know and ask if he/she can be placed with special friends in first year.
  • If you feel the use of a laptop or equivalent will make a difference then find out if this will be provided by the school.
  • If your child uses a laptop in school find out if this can also be used for homework.
  • Monitor homework and make sure that your child is managing to complete tasks in the classroom rather than having to complete them at home.
  • Look out for any signs of your child being unhappy and find out the cause. Often a quick word with the Support Department is all that is necessary to put things right.
  • If you are concerned about your child in any way contact the school. Find out who the first point of contact should be. This varies from school to school.
  • Ask subject teachers if they can provide any notes rather than your child having to copy these.
  • You have a right to be fully involved in plans and decisions that are made for your child.