Not Fine in School is a parent/carer-led organisation set up in response to the growing number of children and young people who struggle with school attendance. This struggle may relate to unmet Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (diagnosed or suspected), bullying, trauma, physical or mental illness. School attendance difficulties are poorly understood, are compounded by current challenges within the education and health systems, and can have severe consequences for both child and family. NFIS aims to support these children and their families, and raise awareness of their experiences.
No-one should be alone in coping with school-based anxiety and attendance difficulties. We provide peer-support for family members, and advice for young people and schools.
We share informative resources to help you make decisions, find solutions for school attendance difficulties, and take positive steps to find help and support for your child and you.
We work alongside other organisations and people to campaign for change. We also seek out ways to share knowledge of school refusal and raise awareness of related issues.
In May 2018 we ran our first School Attendance Difficulties Survey and the results highlighted some key features of family experiences. Two years on, we would like to find out what families are now experiencing, and to understand whether those current experiences seem better, worse or similar to those described in 2018.
We are really pleased that recent legal action taken by two families has resulted in written confirmation from the DfE regarding their expectations for coding of absences, and school and local authority provision for children who are unable to attend school.