Getting ready to get back to school

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Thursday 25 August 2022

Tags: education, podcast, back to school, starting school, new term

Next week, most children in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will return to school after the summer holidays. Children in Scotland have returned already.

Starting a new school year – or even joining a new school – can be an exciting time for children and parents alike. But it can also bring anxieties and stresses. We’re here to help.

Top tips for starting school

Read our pointers – put together by a special educational needs teacher and parents themselves – on settling into a new school.

Our podcast episode, Top tips for starting school, has lots of advice on moving to a new class or to a new school.

If your child is moving into further education, visit our webpage on education beyond 16 (England only) to learn about the support they’re entitled to. Similarly, we have advice on early years education (England only) for children starting nursery or pre-school.

And if your child is struggling to adapt, you might want to listen to our webinar on support strategies for managing behaviour and anxiety.

Our range of sensory products and learning aids

We stock some useful products in our Fledglings shop to help ease in the new school year:

  • Writing and desktop aids – writing slopes, hand grips and pencil grips to help children with limited dexterity or poor muscle control.
  • Communication aids – visual supports for children who struggle with language or need help understanding scheduling and timetables.
  • Concentration aids – chews, fidget toys and sensory cushions to reduce anxiety and help children concentrate in class.
  • Sensory school wear – specialist clothing and footwear designed to help reduce sensory issues that traditional school uniforms can cause.

Other resources to help

Take a look at our FAQs Tool, which answers some of your top questions about school.

Our website also has UK-wide information about education and learning for disabled children and young people.