There are no official data on absence due to school anxiety. Many affected pupils are labelled truants, but support groups are being flooded with calls. An education lawyer says the pandemic has made an unprecedented crisis even worse. Children with school anxiety may experience physical symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and headaches before school or have immobilising anxiety, panic attacks or something that seems like a tantrum. They may even threaten to harm themselves if parents make them go to school, yet their parents can be threatened with fines and court action. Fran Morgan helps families with this problem and said it is not about refusal, a child that won't do something: It is about a child that physically can't. Parent groups are warning of a ‘tsunami’ of crippling school-anxiety cases leading to debilitating absence from education. The education department said it was investing £17m in school mental health.
Warning of ‘tsunami’ of school-anxiety casesWritten by David Fletcher 16 Sep 2021
- Pray: for the £17m to provide enough clinicians, for parents to easily access mental health services, and for educators to recognise a special educational need that must be addressed. (Ephesians 4:32)
- More: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58474418