How to Tell if Your Child is Unhappy at School

Some children find school life a challenge and may struggle with a particular subject, or have issues with their classmates. By being aware of your child’s behaviour, it can help you to spot any negative changes that may require you to take action.

Manor Lodge School have kindly shared the following tips to help you to identify if your child is unhappy at school and what you can do to help…

  1. Have you seen less of your child lately? If you have noticed that your child is spending more time alone or shut away in their bedroom, and less time with family and friends, then this could be a sign that there is a problem at school.
  2. Is it difficult to persuade your child to go to school or have you noticed that your child is often complaining of feeling unwell?  This can be another sign that your child is unhappy at school.
  3. Does your child seem more argumentative? Are they irritable or short tempered, or do they even lash out? This type of behaviour is common when a child feels unable to explain their emotions, but wants attention from an adult.

If you believe that your child may be unhappy at school, the best thing you can do is try to talk to them and get them to open up about what is bothering them. You should stress that they can talk to you about anything and help them to understand that you will help them through whatever issues they are having. It is also a good idea to inform their teacher of the problems they are facing and what to look out for in the classroom. The school should be able to offer support and guidance for your child their family.