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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

School refusal Vs Truancy

School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead. The Children's Hospital Boston has this chart to define the differences between truancy and school refusal

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Simon

    I work for a TV production company called Landmark Films. We make observational documentaries for all the major broadcasters. You can find out more about us at We made a very successful film called My Child Won't Talk about selective mutism which I know was very helpful to parents of children with this little understood condition. I would now like to make a film about children who refuse to go to school and the effect it has on the whole family. Would it be possible to have a chat about this? You clearly have first hand experience of this hugely challenging problem. My email address is and my phone number is 01865 297220.