Working with parents and carers to tackle school avoidance

4th November 2022 | Blogs

Working in unison to encourage children through the gates

School avoidance has been a growing concern for many across the UK. Months of forced isolation and home learning inevitably increased the number of young people suffering from anxiety associated with physically attending school.

In this Thrive webinar produced in partnership with Tes, Ellie Costello, Olivia Hennessey and Alison Winsborough sit down with Tes Senior Editor, Simon Lock, to debate how parents and schools can work in unison to tackle the increase in emotionally based school avoidance.  

Ellie Costello is Director at Square Peg – a social enterprise set up to support those students and families struggling with school avoidance. Alison Winsborough is Assistant Principal at Atlantic Academy in Dorset. Olivia Hennessey’s Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School in Worcester is enjoying the many benefits of embedding Thrive’s whole-school approach to improve attendance and behaviour.

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At Thrive, we’ve been supporting educators to tackle absenteeism and distressed behaviour for over 25 years. If you’re seeking to successfully reengage pupils and work with families to promote good attendance, click here to book a Discovery Call with your regional expert. Designed to fit in around your schedule, these free 30-minute conversations via Teams give you a chance to have your questions answered, decide if our service is a fit for your needs, and identify if you qualify for a £1,200 DfE grant to spend in your setting. 

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