Advice for parents

Changing schools

Changing schools should only be considered once all other avenues for resolution have been exhausted.

While it is true that some schools are better at challenging bad behaviour than others, bullying unfortunately happens everywhere. Changing schools does not necessarily mean that your child will stop being bullied. You may find it more beneficial to focus on helping your child develop the skills to tackle bullying for themselves. These can be learnt in our ZAP anti-bullying workshops.

There are other things to bear in mind when considering moving schools:

  • The emotional stress of leaving the familiar and being a stranger in a new environment;
  • A change of curriculum or moving near an exam period can affect your child's grades;
  • The bullying may continue in the new school.

Requesting to be moved

If you are sure that changing schools is right for your child, the same application process as when you initially applied for schooling is followed. Contact your local education authority and schedule to view your chosen school. If it has places available, you can simply follow its application process and agree upon a start date. However, if the school is full, you will need to make an appeal.

Making an appeal

If the school you wish to transfer your child to is full, you can fill in an appeal form from your Local Authority. If the school has not reached its full legal capacity, and the reason for the transfer is compelling, it is likely that the LA will agree to the transfer without taking further action. If the school is largely 'over full', you will be required to attend an appeal hearing, details of which will be explained during the appeal process.

Home education

If you are completely dissatisfied with the care and education your child receives at school, and changing to another school is not an option, you may wish to consider home education. For information on the procedures and legal requirements regarding this option, please visit our home education page.

Parent Advice Line

Guidance and support for parents and carers of children facing a bullying situation. Call 020 7823 5430 (Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm, calls charged at local rate) or email the Parent Support Adviser.

ZAP anti-bullying workshops for young people aged 9-16

6% of young people experience bullying daily. A ZAP workshop offers practical assertiveness skills so that young people are able to deal with bullying situations effectively.

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