Bullying and school refusal – what can we do?

Unsurprisingly bullying can be a contributory factor in school refusal and attendance difficulties. Children and young people may be avoiding school to protect themselves from bullying or as a result of the effects on their self-esteem and mental health. "Bullying is repeated negative behaviour done on purpose to hurt [...]

Assess for SEND, particularly when anxiety is a reason for absence

Most children who school refuse or struggle to attend, do actually want to attend, but for one reason or another they cannot. Potentially this means that they are unable to access an appropriate education. Understanding the difficulties they face is crucial to help them to improve their attendance and [...]

By | 2018-06-13T13:21:37+01:00 March 12th, 2018|Anxiety, ASD, Autism, Dyslexia, EHCP's, Policies & Procedures, Refusal|

Advice for schools and professionals working with autistic children and school refusal/phobia/anxiety

The numbers of children who are autistic who school refuse are very high. Helping any child to cope with anxiety can be difficult but autistic children and young people (CYP) face added difficulties. The most important thing anyone can do is to not add to that anxiety. Many autistic [...]

By | 2018-06-13T13:26:36+01:00 March 12th, 2018|Anxiety, ASD, EHCP's, School Environments, SEND|