Department of Education

Secondary school

Getting ready for secondary school

Moving from primary to secondary school is a significant event in every child’s education journey.

As a parent you have helped your child adjust to many new and sometimes challenging situations. Your child may need your support again as they move from primary school to secondary school.

While school staff have developed transition plans and programs, parents also play an important role at home.

By preparing for and talking about the move, you can make a big difference to how well your child makes the transition. If you are well informed and knowledgeable about the move, you are better able to support your child.

A series of factsheets have been developed for families. These include frequently asked questions, checklists and practical tips for both parents and children.

Factsheet - questions often asked by parents Factsheet - questions often asked by children

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Factsheet - first day checklist for parents Factsheet - checklist and tips to help prepare your child

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If you are particularly concerned and feel your child needs more support, a range of additional information and services are available to help. Your family’s general practitioner is also a good first point for help.

Confidential support and advice from a trained mental health professional. Telephone, chat online or email.
T: 1300 224 636

Kids Helpline
Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people.
T: 1800 551 800

Mental Health Commission

Parenting WA Line
Trained parenting consultants are available 24/7 to provide information and guidance on any aspects of parenting.
T: 6297 1200 or 1800 654 432

T: 9388 2500 or 1800 198 313

Secondary school

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