Transition to High School

This is an incredibly hard time for children. The move for my eldest, her transition to her secondary school has not been a good one, it has been very hard on her and for myself.

It has raised her levels of anxiety exponentially to the point of upset stomachs, feeling sick and a few panic attacks.

It can be such a hard time

To see my beautiful young daughter goes through these agonies is distressing to say the least. It breaks my heart to see her like this and I know she is not the only child out there.


These are things my eldest and other children are struggling with a number of different issues:

  • Movement from a small school of a few hundred to over a thousand is overwhelming
  • Movement from a small building to a huge rabbit warren of building is confusing and children are easily lost
  • A growing amount of homework
  • Taking notes of any homework given
  • Lost of new children in their year
  • knowing what to do during break times
  • Walking to school and back

The Transition

The children of year 6 in my eldest’s primary school were helped in this by meeting their teachers and having a day at the school.

But on reflection I don’t think this was enough. I have suggested to one of the governors of her primary school that they work closer with her secondary school to give them a slightly watered down version of year 7…a sort of year 6.5 where they take notes, write down their homework, get detention and more.

So what can done?

Firstly speak to the schools Student Support.

Our new school has been great.

We have a great connection with Student Support and her teachers. They have and are being kind, supportive and patient. I can’t praise them enough, particularly Student Support.

They have met with my eldest on regular occasions, helping her gain confidence, helping her through (what for her) is an overwhelming life change.

I have also suggested the school test my eldest for any form of autism because of several factor which I will not go into here.

So where do we go from here…?

Just a day at a time.




Homework comes home to roost!

kid-doing-homework-900x599Following from my previous piece on homework my 6 year old daughter has been given six pieces, yes six pieces of homework to do this week. They are:

  • Reading each day
  • Phonics 3 times a week
  • Spellings every night
  • Do one activity from ‘The Grid’. These can include a visit to a zoo, sending an email and researching parts of the brain and heart on the internet/write a story…
  • Revising phonics sounds
  • Download bingo card and play a game

This is actually homework for parents. My daughter is in year 1, and is not yet able to do most of the grid activities!

My wife and I work full time and my daughter goes to bed at 7pm.

Do I really want to spend any time I have with her during the week just doing homework? The answer of course is no.

Reading is what I would expect for year 1, phonic sounds and possibly some simple spellings from the Year 1/2 most frequent words but downloading games, printing them out, showing my daughter images of the heart and brain…hardly appropriate.

So I have asked to speak to the head about this and I hope some constructive dialogue will come of it.

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Sadness as Primary School collapses during earthquake in Mexico

Very sad news as at least 30 people, mostly children, died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday’s earthquake, local media say.

The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country.

Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing.

Dozens of buildings were toppled, much of the electricity supply was cut and broken gas mains sparked fires.

The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after another quake killed thousands in the capital.

…and welcome


I looked for a website for Teaching Assistants and I couldn’t find…so, this website, blog or online presence (or whatever you’d like to call it) is for ‘The Teaching Assistant’ and those interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant.

So that is you reading this and me writing this.

I have worked in several schools and many teachers over the last few years. It can be a great and rewarding job. I currently work with year 5 children but have worked in years 2, 4, 5 and 6 over the years and each year brings its own challenges.

This website is here for us, it will have resources, discussion and other things.

I currently work in an outstanding school primary school, my time is spent between Year 5 Teaching Assistant and ICT Technician. I am married with two beautiful daughters.

So there we are…if you have any questions feel free email me



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