Guide to Starting School

Although it's an exciting milestone, starting school can also be a daunting experience for you and your child. We've pulled together expert advice on how to prepare for starting primary school and what to expect in that first year, along with activities, phonics help, 'how to' videos and book recommendations to help you and your child get off to a flying start!
You can download the guide as a PDF or read it online using the links below. We also have advice on getting ready for secondary school.



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