Helping a child with school refusal
Since 2011, we at Academy 21 have witnessed first-hand a dramatic increase in the number of young people suffering from school related anxiety. As a result, students across England and Wales are refusing to attend their mainstream secondary school. When a child is anxious about school, it can be difficult to resolve, putting pressure on family settings and care placements. Alongside these stresses is the task of finding and securing the help your child needs, which at times can leave you feeling as though you have nowhere to turn. There could be an underlying problem at the root of your child’s anxiety, caused by fear over schoolwork, relationships, bullying or something much more complex. School avoidance anxiety is often also accompanied by physical complaints, such as headaches, behavioural issues and begging to stay at home.
It is important to deal with your child’s anxiety about school early on by seeking professional help, such as counselling. Although, accessing these local services can prove difficult as the increasing need for counselling in England and Wales has coincided with a long period of budget constraints and subsequent service cutbacks. Talking with your child and their teachers will help to reassure them that you are listening and that you are trying your utmost to find a solution for their individual needs. In cases where an ideal solution cannot be found, escalation can be problematic. However, there are services available to help ensure your child’s education does not continue to be interrupted. These services can provide a solution to a child’s anxiety, helping them to achieve good GCSE results and laying a strong foundation for further education and employment. Academy21 is one of these alternative solutions.