School refusal (revised)



This ebooklet provides a brief overview of why children school refuse and a wide range of strategies teachers and other school professionals can use to assist the child in the classroom and at home. Relevant strategies can also be easily adapted to be included in the student’s Attendance or Return to School Plans, Individual Learning Plans and in the recommendations section of psychologist’s reports.

These strategies are designed for use with students in primary and junior secondary schools.

  • The child who resists school or school refuses
  • If the child is at school
  • If the child is not at school
  • When the child comes to school
  • References and resources
  • Early intervention strategies for parents/carers of school refusers
  • Teacher strategies to help chronic school refusers cope with common barriers to returning to school
  • Script suggestions for speaking with parents of a child who is school refusing
  • Chronic school refusal – an intervention plan for psychologists