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Letter of Introduction If your child has learning difficulties, you have an extra task to do before your child starts high school. It is wise to prepare a teacher information sheet about your child and make 10 copies.Personally hand this sheet to each teacher and the year coordinator so they all understand your child’s special needs. A one-page summary is all that is needed and Read more

You’ve worked hard all year trying to keep all the balls in the air Your child is exhausted from another year at school The school report comes home and … you feel like you’re having to start again!School reports provide an overall summary of how your child has performed throughout the year and how they compare to their peers. It is important to read the guide from your school to Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.The transition to high school is a rite of passage in life’s journey. I survived, you survived, other children have survived and so too will your current Year 6 child.In primary school your child is well supported in a friendly environment where they have gradually become familiar with their surroundings, staff and Read more

Kevin Larkin, Griffith UniversityAs a parent – or even teacher – you are likely to have been asked the question: “What’s the point of maths?”This is often followed by: “When will I ever use this stuff?” or “How will Read more

Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney UniversityOur children and young people live in a busy, complex and rapidly-changing world. Sadly, it is estimated that up to one in five children experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today in Australia, across preschools, Read more

When NAPLAN results are sent home from schools across Australia, there may be celebrations in your home or some cause for concern. There have been reports around dropping and stagnant national standards in literacy and numeracy and no doubt this will continue, but for now your focus is just on the envelope from school your child has brought home. Overall Results Read more

Judith Locke, Queensland University of Technology Parents are often guilty of helping their child a bit too much with their homework. Sometimes the homework battle can be made that little bit easier if you just tell your Read more

Families have changed a great deal in recent years and there are now many different forms of family, as well as different styles of parenting. One thing is certain – whatever ‘family’ means to you it is the most important part of children’s lives.The family in which your child grows up will have a big influence on how well your child will cope with situations, relationships and Read more