We updated our ‘School-Induced Anxiety’ page with selections from Robert Chapman and “‘Children are holding a mirror up to us’: why are England’s kids refusing to go to school? | Schools | The Guardian”. While we were updating, we broke the page up into sections and added a table of contents.
For more on attendance, school refusal, and school-induced anxiety, visit the updated School-Induced Anxiety glossary page.
The term ‘school refusal’ is linguistically weaponised; it implies intent and choice. It swiftly and subtly frames the child as having taken an active, conscious decision to reject school. This misnomer apportions blame and responsibility to the young person while simultaneously diminishing their genuine distress.Mental Health and Attendance at School