Is My Child Really ‘Fine’ In School?

Increasingly parents of children who struggle at school with SEND, health problems, or bullying are reporting that their children are described as being ‘fine at school’. If this happens it may be helpful for parents and other professionals to ask for clarification and consideration of the following points. Before [...]

By | 2018-12-17T12:49:30+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Attending Meetings, Mental Health, Parents, Professional Practice, SEND, Teaching|

Protocol for Professionals

By Jenny Murphy (NFIS member) The following is a ‘Protocol for Professionals’ when working with children and parents. It is not intended to offend any individual professional. In fact, chances are that if a professional IS offended it may be that they need to look at their practice. I [...]

School Refusal: Duties, Decisions & Dilemmas

Duties Current government legislation states that it is the duty of parents to ensure children receive efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude, and to any special educational needs they may have; 'either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.' The majority of parents choose to enrol [...]

Resolving Problems with Schools – tips for meetings and complaints!

This article was written based on research and personal experience and is not meant to provide legal advice. I am currently involved in a social services investigation, and a referral to the LEA attendance court officer for prosecution which I suspect is the result of one complaint I made, [...]