Webinar - How can schools work with parents to tackle school avoidance

18th August 2022 | Insights

In this webinar produced in partnership with Tes, Tes Senior Editor Simon Lock and his guests Ellie Costello, director at Square Peg (a social enterprise set up to support students and families struggling with school avoidance), Olivia Hennessey (assistant head teacher for Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School in Worcester) and Alison Winsborough, assistant principal at Atlantic Academy in Dorset, sit down to discuss what schools and parents can do about the increase of emotionally-based school avoidance. 


School avoidance has been a growing concern for many young people and families across the UK. The pandemic, with its months of forced isolation and home learning has inevitably increased the number of children and young people suffering from anxiety associated to physically attending school.


"…you can’t capture the lost learning. You can’t actually regain the time – because the time is gone – you can only start from where you are now, and nothing is going to be achieved unless the social and emotional health foundations are secure and that child is regulated, feels safe…and is actually curious to come to the table to start to be ready to learn."

Watch the full webinar here

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