Supporting School Struggles and Learning Challenges

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Reading time: 5 minutes

Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children

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Children can struggle at school for a whole variety of reasons. This can lead to them showing behaviours in the classroom or at home and finding it hard to go to school. Behaviour is your child’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

There can be a range of reasons for why they’re struggling:

  • They may have a learning need you already know about, like dyslexia, ADHD, or ASD
  • Perhaps they have a learning need that you and their school haven’t realised
  • They could be struggling with friendships or peer pressure
  • Bullying may be an affecting them

And there may be other factors at play: Perhaps they’re struggling with other pressures at home which affect their concentration at school.

In this Quick Read, we will focus on challenges around learning, but you can find plenty of support if you're worried your child may be facing other problems. Visit our bullying and friendships collections for more information.

Signs your child is struggling at school

There can be signs your child is struggling with school you can watch out for. Early signs can include:


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