NFIS Accountability Petition & Survey

Not Fine in School have heard numerous stories about the difficulties that families have accessing appropriate support for children in school. Often, these difficulties should, and could, be aided if the relevant legislation was followed by schools and local authorities, but instead existing statutory guidance, duties and policies are [...]

NFIS School Attendance Survey Results

NFIS SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SURVEY May 2018 ‘Not Fine in School’ was established in 2017 by parents who are working in partnership to offer support and guidance to other parents and professionals. We also campaign and raise awareness of school attendance difficulties. Our group was created in reaction to [...]

Do The Decent Thing

A parent member of the NFIS support group posted this today: I need to write a letter to my daughters school, Paediatrics, CAMHS, ‘high ups’ in the NHS and DfE, Norfolk County Council (education and social care) and my GP Surgery (think that’s everyone). But I’m tired and weary [...]

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+00:00 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+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Anxiety, ASD, EHCP's, School Environments, SEND|