Not Fine in School has been created in reaction to the growing number of children who are struggling to attend mainstream school. Whether their struggle is due to anxiety, unmet Special Educational Needs, physical illness, bullying or academic pressure, many children are experiencing increasing difficulties within education systems in the UK, and other countries around the world.
We are parents and professionals working in partnership to raise awareness of school attendance difficulties.
SCHOOL REFUSAL AND ATTENDANCE DIFFICULTIES
School refusal is now a very real issue for children and their families.
– We want to help them.
We strongly believe that school should inspire children and promote their wellbeing and happiness.
– We want things to change.
We aim to promote policies and practices that allow parents and professionals to work together. This is vital to ensure the individual needs of children and young people are recognised and met within suitable educational environments.
The name ‘Not Fine in School’ relates to the phrase professionals often use when describing children and young people who are struggling to attend – that they are ‘fine when they are in school‘. Families find this is not always the case as children and young people learn to ‘mask’ or suppress their true feelings until they are home.
An increasing number of children are not ‘fine in school’. Some struggle to attend regularly; some struggle to attend at all. These children and young people are often referred to as school refusers or school phobic. They want to attend school, but for a variety of reasons they just can’t. It doesn’t help that many schools regularly describe these children as ‘fine in school’, as some may hide their difficulties, hold them inside until they get home, or simply refuse to attend unless they feel well enough to cope. It is difficult to know exactly how many children are affected, as different reasons for non-attendance are not recorded in official records. Many families feel they have no choice but to remove their children from school rolls, either for their child’s welfare, or to overcome legal issues surrounding attendance, and they have to opt to home educate instead.
FURTHER WAYS TO HELP
Here are some current petitions, surveys and group actions that we are keen to support and promote – please help and support them too
NOT FINE IN SCHOOL GUIDES
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SURVEY RESULTS
WITH REFERENCE TO:
Children & Families Act, 2014; Equality Act, 2010; SEN Code of Practice, 2015; The Education Act, 1996; Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school (DfE) ; Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff: March 2015 (DfE); Special educational needs and disability: A guide for schools and alternative provision settings; Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions: September 2014 (DfE); Technical Guidance for Schools in England (Equality & Human Rights Commission, 2013); Anxiety UK – Young People and Anxiety; Royal College of Psychiatrists – Mental Health & Growing Up; Measuring and monitoring children and young people’s mental wellbeing: A toolkit for schools and colleges (PHE, 2016); School Attendance (registers and codes) (DfE).
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