10 Ideas to Tackle School Refusal

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Suitable for: Families with children of all ages

We all occasionally struggle to get up and out of the house. School refusal or school phobia is when a child does not want or refuses to go to school, on a regular basis.

Government statistics regard someone who misses 10% or more of school as a “persistent absentee”. There were 770,000 persistent absentees in England in the academic year 2018/2019.

Why some children struggle to go to school

School refusal can happen after a period of having to be away from school – a long illness, for example, or due to recent lockdowns because of the Covid pandemic.  




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