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Social anxiety and school phobia

Wolsey Hall has a growing number of homeschooling students whose parents have taken the decision to take them out of mainstream education due to social anxiety or school phobia and we understand the issues faced by such students and their families.

Our Learning Support Manager has supported a number of children who have had negative experiences at school and is always on hand to provide help and advice. In particular, we offer a range of services including Mentoring and Special Educational Needs support to help to overcome the issues faced by your child.

We support many students who have experienced school phobia. One student, Charlie, was struggling with extreme anxiety that was preventing him attending school regularly. His family took the decision to switch to homeschooling with Wolsey Hall. After a period of adjustment while Charlie regained his confidence, he is now thriving and has regained his love of learning. You can read Charlie’s story here.

The flexibility of the Wolsey Hall approach means students can work at their own pace without becoming overwhelmed. Assignment schedules can be adjusted so that students feel they can cope with the work. One parent, Fiona, describes in the video below how the flexibility of homeschooling with Wolsey Hall has helped her daughter who is now looking ahead to university and a career pathway.

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School Anxiety Open Event

You are welcome to watch a recording of our recent School Anxiety Open Event. Our panel of speakers cover how homeschooling can benefit anxious children, while also discussing how our courses work and the support available.

Meet Fiona – a parent of a student with school anxiety

Pressure and stress

Social media has brought many benefits for young people. It allows them to stay in touch with their friends and expand their social network. But it also has a less positive side: the rise of “cyber bullying” and the “selfie culture” are just two examples.

Add to this the increasing pressures on children with relentless testing and examinations and it’s little wonder that young people are feeling the strain!

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Girl with school phobia now happy that she is homeschooling

A chance to thrive

For many children with anxiety or school phobia, homeschooling can provide an alternative method of learning away from the challenges they face in mainstream schooling. Indeed, many children who may not have thrived in a traditional classroom environment often grow and flourish when they are given the opportunity to learn at home.