School Attendance with Suzy Rowland, Fintan O’Regan and Sarah-Jane Critchley

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Today we are celebrating the release of our 200th episode of the podcast! To mark this special occasion, we have invited some of our past guests back to record an episode focused on the important topic of ‘school attendance’. Suzy Rowland, Sarah-Jane Critchley and Fintan O’Regan join me, not only will you hear our familiar voices, but you’ll also see us live as we have video recorded the episode for the first time!

The controversial DfE campaign “Attendance Matters” received criticism and trivialised some of the complex reasons why children may not attend school. It failed to adequately address the challenges faced by students with SEND or those with mental health issues.

Did you know that 92% of those non-attending are neurodivergent and 83.4% are autistic?

The assumption that the best place for ALL children to be is in school – but is it when their needs aren’t being met?

In this episode we explore various aspects of non-attendance including; zero tolerance, bullying, systems and policies, self-determination theory and much more.

“These are really serious, complicated, complex issues that, in a way, lumping it all together as ‘school non-attendance’ doesn’t even begin to explain some of the nuances of what’s happening in individual families.”

Suzy Rowland

Thank you for your continued support of the podcast! I’d be really interested in hearing what you thought of the video – so if you end up watching it please let me know what you think!

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