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Stepfamilies and schools

Stepfamilies and schools

Schools supporting families through change and transition

Schools are often the first place to recognise changes in a child’s attitude or behaviours. More often than not, schools are in the frontline, as one in three families with school age children undergo some kind of transition or change (i.e. separation, divorce, re-partnering/stepparenting).

Children in these families experience many changes in their home life and this can impact on their ability to engage in the classroom and manage socially. Schools can be an important constant for these children, providing stability, familiarity and consistent routines.