How Does Moving Schools Affect Children?


It is not uncommon for a child to move to a new school. Sometimes it’s natural; they have reached the end of their journey at primary and they’re moving onto secondary. Sometimes, however, it’s for other reasons. Perhaps parents have to relocate for work or because of a separation. Perhaps the child is getting bullied and their parents feel they have no other option but to move them to a new school. Regardless of the reason, it can be quite distressing for children to move schools, as explored by an international school in Marbella below.


Children often feel anxious when faced with the unknown. If your child is moving schools, they are probably worried about what it’s going to be like, whether or not the teachers are nice and if they’ll make new friends. The best thing you can do for them is prepare them for the change. Talk to them about how they’re feeling and try and put their mind at ease as best you can.


Often in a different school, the curriculum is slightly different and the methods used by the teacher are not the same. As a result, your child might not be at the same level as their new classmates; they could be behind or perhaps even ahead. Either way, the experience will be a little disheartening for them and they might become disinterested in certain subjects. Parents should ensure that their children have enough academic support throughout the transition; you could potentially look into getting them a tutor for a couple of months whilst they’re settling in.


Make sure your child stays in touch with their old friends so that they don’t feel alone. You should also encourage them to join extra-curricular activities so that they have plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Most importantly, you should try and be as positive as possible about the situation to help your child feel a little better about it. 

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