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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What does ‘fine’ mean?

What does ‘fine’ mean? By Rosie and Jo’s mum. (courtesy of 'It Must Be Mum') “When she’s in school, she’s fine…..” “Once you’ve dropped her off, she’s fine.” “She’s been fine all day.” I’ve probably heard these phrases and other variations of them hundreds of times over the years. [...]