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How Do I Prepare For The Next Stage Of My Child’s Education?

Education doesn’t have to be in a school environment. Some parents, for many different reasons, choose home education. This might be temporarily – if, for example, you are not offered a place in a secondary school – or long-term because you believe that is best for your child. Children who are educated at home don’t have to follow the National Curriculum or take national tests, but parents must make sure that the education is full time and suitable for the child’s age, ability, aptitude and any special needs. You do not need to be a qualified teacher to educate your child at home.

There are organisations that offer support to parents who choose this route such as Education Otherwise. Parents might also consider sharing home education with other like-minded parents.

Most parents, though, decide to stay within the school system and the time to choose a secondary school will come much sooner than you think. Since many decisions need to be taken, it can be a stressful process for parents. Some children will be moving to secondary school after Year 6. In some parts of the country, there is a ‘middle school’ system where there is a first school, middle school and high school. Depending on the local authority, children transfer from middle school to high school at age 13 or 14. Many parents give themselves and their child a huge advantage by beginning to research schools and their entrance requirements very early on.