How to settle in at school

School is a big part of life, so it’s important to feel happy there. If you’re feeling worried about school, there are things you can do to make it better.

Going back to school can bring up lots of feelings. You might be happy to go back, wish you were still at home or want to be somewhere else completely. You might be wondering – or be worried – about:

  • what the school will be like – if you’re starting a new school
  • how you’ll find the work, including homework, and how you’ll be assessed
  • seeing friends again, and how to make friends at school
  • being bullied
  • starting a new morning and evening routine
  • how to deal with exam stress
  • coping away from home
  • keeping safe at school, and on the way there and back.

You might also be worried about problems at home getting worse when you return to school. Whatever’s worrying you about school, we can help.

Building your confidence about homework and revision

Studying, homework and revision are all part of going to school. But what if you don’t understand things?

There are a few ideas you could try:

  • tell a teacher – they might be able to explain things differently or arrange extra support
  • ask a brother or sister – they might be able to help, especially if they’ve studied that subject before
  • talk to your parents or carers – if you’re worried, try writing down your thoughts before you speak to them
  • contact Childline – there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us

Five things you could try

School might seem very different since you’ve been back, and how you feel about it might have changed too. Here are some ideas to help you get settled and feel more confident.