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.
SOCIAL MEDIA & SUPPORT
Facebook – Family Support Group
Our closed group for parents (and other adult family members) of children who are struggling to attend school (currently, or in the past). Features include shared peer support, Chat areas to swap local information, and relevant advice and information downloads.
Facebook – Parent & Professional Alliance Group
Our smaller, sister group where parents and professionals can share information and ask questions
Facebook – Public Page
Where we share relevant articles, news stories and blog posts with everyone
NFIS Twitter Page
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