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Persistent school refusal: guidance

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Last updated on 14 March 2018
School types: All · School phases: All
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When a pupil persistently refuses to come to school, your next steps will depend on the individual pupil. Read this article for information about what to do next, and how to plan for supporting the pupil back into attending school.

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  1. 1 Identify why the pupil isn't attending
  2. 2 Talk to parents
  3. 3 Gradual return to school
  4. 4 Counselling or mentoring
  5. 5 Refusal due to a mental health issue
  6. 6 Don't encourage home education
  7. 7 Staff could accompany pupils to school

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