School Attendance?(22 Posts)
Perhaps you could just ask the person who collects the child from school.
Our Primary bangs on on how we are not allowed to take our kids out but people do and it are always the same ones who take their summer hols during term time.
A local girl us a school refuser, school have dealt with her by letting her do 11.30 til 1.45 in the learning support centre!!!
How do you know that health is not an issue? Perhaps he has anxiety.
but you don't know...if it wasn't a health issue they would have been prosecuted by now surely?
how would you know if he had mental health difficulties?
I think the rules about what the school can do are very complicated.
I think they can take legal proceedings against the parents. Fine them, and even get them imprisoned. But in many cases this would not be in the best interests of the child so the school might not want to do this.
They probably can exclude them (I'm not sure), but again, is this in the best interests of the child?
Permanently excluding children is complicated. And then what would he do? Where would he go?
So, yes, even assuming the child has to be in school. (Which I think is the most likely explanation.) School may think persevering with his half attendance is the least worst option for the child.
My dd's school attendance is along those lines, OP. Mainly because of chronic physical illness, but lately (after years of harassment from school and welfare officers) also due to panic attacks and school refusal.
All I could say is that we had a very unpleasant time of it at her last school, with education welfare and SS investigating, despite having reams of medical evidence. The Head was clearly desperate to get rid of us, but since we did have the support of the medical profession there was little he could legally do- except make life difficult for us in the hope that we would withdraw dd.
If we had not had a reason, we could have been fined and dd could have been excluded.
Fortunately, every agency he involved came over to our side eventually (apart from one not very bright EWO) and we had lots of support. Ironically, it was only after dd had moved on to her lovely and supportive secondary school that she went to pieces and needed CAHMS involvement.
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