Beyond Westminster: The Lost Children of Lockdown

Severe absence has spread through our school system like wildfire. CSJ research shows that nearly 800 schools have an entire class-worth of so called ‘ghost children’. These issues are complex; there is no simple explanation as to why children stop attending schools. This podcast will unpack some of the causes of severe school absence by speaking to a mother whose children stopped attending school and will show what is possible when an expert practitioner intervenes.


  • Gavin Rice, Director of Policy at CSJ
  • Amy, School-Home Support Practitioner
  • Brenda, Mother of children who were severely absent from school
  • Alice Wilcock, Head of Education Policy at CSJ

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