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Are you Struggling to Communicate with the School?

Posted by Kay Mawson on April 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

There seems to be a common theme between all the parents that have contacted me and those who communicate on the Facebook Group page.  That seems to be failure to recognise this condition as a Mental Health Illness and also, failure for schools to accept this and make adjustments to policies and follow the correct procedure.

Please note that this isnt the case in every school and that there have been some wonderful reports.

However, for all the numbers of parents who are struggling to be heard, I have now devised three letter, with some help from a fellow parent Beth Bodycote.

The letters went live about 5 days ago; one parent has already used one of them and had an amazing result.  I hope you too have the same.

Visit the LETTER TEMPLATES TAB.  If you wish to have the letters emailed to you so that you can have it to amend/edit as you like.  Make a request through CONTACT ME.  :)

New Article

Posted by Kay Mawson on March 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I was asked to be a Guest Author by Oxford Home Schooling who are listed under the LINKS section on this website.  The article is now live.  Click to view:



Posted by Kay Mawson on March 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've lost count the number of parents that have contacted me about their bad experiences of school by way of lack of co-operation and understanding.  As this was my experience too, I have felt compelled to petition for change.  If you feel you would like to sign your name and help make a difference, please click below:



Posted by Kay Mawson on September 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

I wanted to share this with you all.  It was taken from a parent - with permission, from my Facebook Group Page and thought it may interest your all: :)

"Well yesterday my 15yo Daughter had her first session of hypnosis. Must admit I was skeptical that it would help but we were both desperate enough to try anything. The counselor is a credentialed mental health nurse and it was obvious very early that she totally understood the condition and how debilitating it is. The hypnosis is all about addressing the sub conscious. She explained that DD's cognitive brain wanted desperately to do the right thing but her sub conscious had learned over a long period that the best way to avoid feeling anxiety was to stay home and not go to school. The pattern had become so ingrained that it was now an automatic response. DD came away feeling light as a feather. She hasn't been to school for 2 weeks and has only managed 1 - 2 days all term at best. This morning she woke up, said she felt fine - got out of bed without drama (I usually spent up to an hour coaxing her out from under the doona), got dressed and came skipping out to me saying "I feel normal"... dropped her at school and she got out of the car with a smile and said "see ya". Early days I know but I am rejoicing today"

ITV This Morning

Posted by Kay Mawson on August 29, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We were kindly asked to appear on ITV This Morning for the 3rd September 2013 but we cannot appear.  I have my daughter's psychological tests on Monday... we've waited 4 years to get help and finally this appointment has arrived.  I'm so so sure that she is Dyslexic and I feel that my Daughter must come first.  She also starts  senior school on the 3rd September.  She didn't have a great experience during her transition day and I really dont want to miss her first day of school. 

I did ask if they could post pone the 'story' but they didn't feel it would be appropriate due to the date the schools return and have managed to get another mum.  The positivity from this is that the story is still running and awareness is still being raised.  Im only sorry that we couldnt be the ones on the sofa to represent this issue.  Sorry if anyone feels let down.  My daughter needs care too.

It is possible that 'Our Story' will appear in The Sun or some other this space !

Network Map

Posted by Kay Mawson on June 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Some of the mums have said to me in the past how nice it would be "if only there was a place to meet others".  Whilst the Facebook Group Page has been a fantastic success, parents have a desire to meet other in person.  I had the idea to ask mums for the first part of their post-code and then try to come up with something for pairing one another up so that slowly, over time, small groups could come together and meet every so often and put the world to rights.

After pondering and wondering how to do it, one of the mums said "build another app" .....hmmmmm. Its an expense to do so but there is plenty on the internet that is free to access so I keyed in 'pin map' only to end up with a finished product of a pin map of families wishing to meet others like themselves.  

Why dont you take a look  ;)


If you want to meet others like you, or want to be added to the

'School Phobia & School Refusal Mums Network' Pin-Map, please use the 'Contact Me'

facility to send me the first half of your post code.  A full post code is not necessary.

Your Opinion Matters

Posted by Kay Mawson on June 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I thought it was time to try and gather some information together from the families struggling with School Phobia/Refusal and have therefore put together a POLL.  Please spend 5 minutes to answer less than 10 questions and help provide some answers....solid answers about your experience of this condition.


BBC Newsround

Posted by Kay Mawson on May 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I've had contact from BBC Newsround on two occasions and have chatted to researchers looking into writing a piece to cover School Refusal. They're looking to speak to families who are dealing with this condition to help put their piece together. Remember that these researchers haven't any idea what this condition is so they're asking us to call/email to help them understand. If you're interested in helping out and PLEASE remember what coverage of this condition would do for soooo many families......

Contact :

Name: Jenny Lawrence

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0161 836 0648

Thank you

We're Growing

Posted by Kay Mawson on May 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The FACEBOOK page and website is growing. Should I be sad that this means that the numbers of children suffering is greater or glad, that the website and group page is there to help families in such a distressing time. A catch 22 I think. I'm pleased that if its going to happen anyway that families have some support. :D


Posted by Kay Mawson on May 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A boring Sunday and Im getting over a nasty virus/cold.  What better way to spend then day than to research how to create an App for Apple or Android.  I suppose you have to have a little bit of a cyber brain to do it and Ive done it.  Came up with the idea late last night whilst nursing some sore ribs coughing and less than 24 hours later and a few £s less, Ive managed to get the APP published. 

Im sure Ill be faced with issues but hey, if it means im helping more parents out there and putting a stop to bad judgements then great.  Money well worth investing. 

Quite simply called : "School Refusal or Phobia".