Children or young people can be reluctant to attend school at any point during their education. Although this may happen in primary school, it is far more common for young people in secondary school.
There are many reasons why a child or young person may be reluctant to go to school. The list below gives an idea of some of the possible reasons. This is not an exhaustive list, however it shows that attendance issues are complex and wide-ranging. It is useful to identify all the possible reasons that could be having a negative impact on the child or young person's attendance at school. Creative approaches may be required from parents, schools and other people involved to work together to promote and support attendance.
Family / Home factors:
Informed by: Kearney C A (2001) School refusal behavior in youth: a functional approach to assessment and treatment. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
It is important to separate your own feelings and experiences from those of the child or young person. It can be useful to empathise with the child or young person, but remember to be aware of the way you respond so you can help the child or young person effectively.
If you are concerned about a child or young person's reluctance to attend school, please contact their school for support.