My son with ADHD, 12, hasn't been to school for seven months – I’ve had to give up work to look after him | The Sun

My son with ADHD, 12, hasn't been to school for seven months – I’ve had to give up work to look after him | The Sun

A MUM whose son hasn't been to school for seven months has had to give up work to look after him.

Jodie Tyrrell was forced to leave her job after 12-year-old Mason was given "constant detentions" and repeatedly put in isolation.

The youngster was later diagnosed with ADHD and has been turned down for places at eight different schools since.

The pair have been stuck at home since July 2022 and both are now at their wits end.

Jodie, from Clayton in Bradford, West Yorkshire, says she had been promised her would receive private tuition – but has not been offered any help.

She told Yorkshire Live: “I am really mentally and emotionally exhausted. I had to leave my job so I can be at home with him. I just feel helpless. I come off the phone crying.


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"I am having to chase them (Bradford Council schools team) all the time for answers – they don't get back in touch."

Jodie is worried her son could go for many more month without going to school if the situation continues.

She explained: “He doesn't grasp the effect it is having on him. He has lost friends and social skills.

"I thought it was a rule that every child should have an education.

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“It feels like we have been brushed under the carpet."

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: "We cannot comment on individual cases but we highly value and recognise the importance of education and are fully committed to working with parents and schools to ensure that children have their needs identified and met.

"We are more than willing to continue to meet with Jodie and will be contacting her to resolve the concerns."

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