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1 September 2023

Latest News from West Devon Borough Council

Helping your child get ready for school

school classroom student teacher class

As much as we might all hate to admit it, summer is coming to an end and autumn is upon us, which brings with it a new school year.

The idea of starting a new school year can be an exciting prospect, or a daunting one.

If your child is worried about going back to school, the mental health charity Young Minds has put together some information on how to relieve school anxiety.

Here are a few things you can do to make their return to school as comfortable as possible:

  • Talk to your child about how they are feeling 
  • Encourage positive talk about school and ask them what they're looking forward to
  • Try not to leave shopping for uniform or stationery to the last minute - we all know how stressful it can be! 
  • Give your child your full focus when they return from their first day back. 

The Young Minds website also has tips for working with your child’s school if your child is having difficulties and finding extra help if you need it.

Check your free school meal entitlement

School Dinner lunch children

All children in Reception, Year One and Year Two at state schools in England automatically get free school meals.

However, if you receive certain benefits, you are encouraged to apply for free school meals when you enrol your child in school, as this can help your school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support your child's learning.

You can apply online, which this is the quickest and easiest way and will result in you getting an instant decision. Alternatively, you can call Devon County Council's Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Let's Talk Sessions

let's talk

It may be that one of your children has a different issue they are dealing with. 

The Let's Talk Teenagers and Let's Talk Pre-Teens free online support sessions are aimed at parents and carers. They offer the chance for a chat about some of the challenges facing young people today, and find out what tools you can use to support them.

The dates for the sessions, which always start at 7 p.m. are:

  • Tuesday 19 September (Teenagers)
  • Thursday 21 September (Pre-Teens)
  • Tuesday 26 September (Teenagers)
  • Thursday 28 September (Pre-Teens)
  • Tuesday 3 October (Teenagers)
  • Thursday 5 October (Pre-Teens)

If you would like to sign up, or find out more, visit

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