Struggling to attend school

Emotionally based school avoidance (EBSA).


Different types of education

Education Otherwise Than At School (EOTAS).

Home education - personally tailored child-centred experiences to suit your child or young person.


Into school reception class.

From home to school and vice versa.

Between year groups/key stages.

In-year transition.

From primary to secondary school.

School to college or university.

Work experience.

School to the workplace.

Themes could include: staff, timetable, supports, toilets, outdoor/playtime, interventions, assessment tools, friendships, interacting with peers, personalisation, getting to know CYP holistically, importance of not making assumptions.

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Skills for School, College and University

Preparing for tests/exams: what are they, why do you have to take them, are they all the same, how long will they last, where do you take them, what is the point, what will I get out of it, link to end goal, calendar/countdown/diary pre/during and post exams, can I see the exam room, where will I sit, what equipment will I be able to take in, what are the rules, how will I know what to do, different types of exam written, spoken, practical, length of time, before/after, snack, take in/not allowed, pre-visit, how will I know when to start, can I leave before the end?

Revision: what does it mean, what is the point, what is goal for CYP e.g., university, job, voluntary work, skills needed, planning, exam timetable, how will I know what to learn/remember, how long should I revise for, should I make notes, should I take breaks, where should I revise, what strategies might help me remember?

Packing for college/university: how long will I be there (days/weeks), will I be living in halls/student house/at home, what will I need to take, do I need to buy books/resources before I leave, will I need to take any furniture with me?

Packing bag for school/college: is my timetable the same every day, personal care items, diary/calendar on mobile phone or tablet, what type of bag will you use, is it big enough, suitable, waterproof, do you need a hat, what are you doing today, PE, going to the gym, going out straight after school, work or college, do you have a locker, what is in it, do you need to take anything out once you get there, timetable for retrieving things from locker, where could you keep your bag at school/college/work, where at home, when empty it, when fill it up, set reminders, how do you know contents are yours?

How to supports for neurodivergent students e.g.:

Pre-university information support.

Map of campus/department/study areas/halls of residence.

Make sense of your timetable.

Create a study plan.

Use the library or information services centre.

Source study materials.

Share your views.

Get food or drink on campus.

Join a student club.

Sources of help and support.

Meet deadlines.

Live away from home.