A third of students say they don’t like school, and that dislike often begins around the time they enter high school. But the reasons they give point the way to solutions to this problem.
Many Australian children are returning to school after spending the best part of two years learning from home. Such a long break can understandably make many anxious. But there are ways to help.
School refusal needs to be recognised as a psychological problem, rather than being glossed over in school attendance policies.
School refusal is a serious difficulty for many students, but it is often ignored in policies for increasing school attendance.
What stops children from wanting to go to school?
Prime minister Tony Abbott has set a new goal of closing the gap for Indigenous school attendance within five years, saying a failure to properly educate children is “one of the worst forms of neglect…