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Won't go to school

  • 09-06-2022 10:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 204 ✭✭

    Ds has been refusing to go to school on and off for the last 6/7 weeks.We have met with the teacher/pricipal. We put a plan in place to make it more comfortable but this week he's totally refusing to go in. We have been to the doctor for referral to camhs/psychologist. We have him with a councillor once a week. He point blanks refuses to go.It was originally the teacher that was causing him to to go but now its something about a Snapchat group. He been taking off all devises etc. We are being kind but firm but nothing is working.He takes no responsibility , everything is out fault.he can get angry and throws things when he's in that mood.We are at out wits end!

    Any advice?



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Has anyone mentioned the term "School Refusal" to you?

    There is some good advice and information on Parentline at and a number you can call for advice.

    One thing I will advise you, is ignore anyone who tells you to force your son into school, or tell him to "snap out of it" or "push through it". That only makes matters worse.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 624 ✭✭✭zoe 3619

    To be honest school is a very one dimensional way of learning.Suits some of them very well but by no means all of them.

    What age is your son?

    Youthreach might be an option?Incentive of payment for going and much less formal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,102 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    If child was still in school at the start of June as per the OP, I'd assume it's a primary school child.

    To thine own self be true