Our Journey from Struggling at School to Not Attending At All

Obviously this didn’t happen overnight, we had many years of H being incredibly unhappy at school and many years of her needs not being met but what was the straw that broke the camel’s back? What were the final nails in the coffin that school had become? I am [...]

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 [...]

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+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Anxiety, ASD, Autism, Dyslexia, EHCP's, Policies & Procedures, Refusal|