Useful links

This article was first published in October 2019

For more support and advice on starting primary school or primary school life, you could refer to the following sites.

As these pages aren't run or maintained by the BBC we can't guarantee their content - nor are we endorsing them as a product.

GOV.UK - Education and Learning - This section of the government's official website has information on a variety of topics including applying for schools and school transport.

Ofsted - The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. Ofsted inspect and regulate learning services such as primary schools. Their reports can be found online.

NHS - The NHS offer information and guidance on children's health and wellbeing; this page on healthy sleep tips is a good place to start.

Parentkind - Parentkind's Be School Ready page offers lots of practical advice, information and ideas to help you support your child as they approach this important milestone.

Twinkl: wellbeing resources - Take a look at Twinkl's free activity packs and worksheets which have been designed to help parents and children who feel anxious about the start of school.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) - A charity working with those who teach literacy in primary school.

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) - An organisation working to raise levels of achievement in maths.

The School Run - A website for parents and guardians of children at primary school. It offers advice and support around learning.

Coram Child Law Advice - A charity that provides specialist advice and information on child, family, and education law.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Contact - A charity which offers support to families with children with a disability.

Snap Cymru - A charity which offers support and advice to parents of children with SEND in Wales.

Senac - A charity for SEND and learning difficulties support and advice in Northern Ireland.

Enquire - A charity for SEND and learning difficulties support and advice in Scotland.

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice(IPSEA) - A charity which offers advice and support for the education of children with SEND.

Makaton - A language programme that uses symbols, signs, and speech to enable people, including children with SEND, to communicate.

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