Emotionally Based School Avoidance


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Course introduction

In the face of rising concerns over student wellbeing, the phenomenon of Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) has emerged as a critical area for educator focus and intervention. This training course is specifically designed for educators seeking effective strategies to identify, understand, and support students experiencing EBSA. By addressing the emotional barriers that prevent students from attending school, educators play a pivotal role in fostering an inclusive, supportive learning environment that encourages regular attendance and engagement.

Delve into the complexities of EBSA, blending theory with practical application, guided by policy and guidelines on attendance.

The Department for Education (DfE) emphasises the importance of regular school attendance and outlines legal responsibilities for schools in securing it. Recent guidance has underscored the necessity of understanding the underlying emotional and psychological factors contributing to absenteeism, urging schools to adopt a more nuanced, supportive approach to attendance issues.

There will also be opportunities to discuss specific challenges of the work and role with the trainer and to network with others.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Understand the theories underpinning Emotionally Based School Avoidance and how the pandemic may have impacted EBSA;

  • Explore the definitions, prevalence, and causal factors;

  • Look at best practices for developing individualised support plans that address the root causes of avoidance, promoting re-engagement with the school environment;

  • Gain further knowledge of the ‘Push and Pull’ framework and four factors associated with EBSA;

  • Discuss interventions within an Assess-Plan-Do-Review framework across all school and system levels from one to one, group, class based and systemic processes that will support the successful early identification and intervention for children and young people vulnerable to EBSA.

Target audience

Do you work directly or indirectly with students and parents to improve school attendance?
Then this online course is for you!
This course is designed for anyone who is new to role and/or responsible for attendance, Headteachers, Education Welfare Officers, Teachers, Deputy Headteachers, SENCo/ALNCo, Pastoral Leads, Classroom Assistants, Support Staff, Family Liaison Officers, Mental Health Leads, Safeguarding Leads, Family Support Workers.

Trainers for this course

Kelly Hannaghan

Kelly puts wellbeing at the heart of education. She is an award-winning motivational speaker and school improvement advisor, published author and founder of ‘Family Matters’ empower...ment programme.

Kelly has worked systemically with some of the most challenging communities, helping families thrive in difficult circumstances. She advises in the development of staff wellbeing to improve teacher retention and embeds purposeful strategies to support School Leader’s emotional health. Kelly is an advocate for Senior Mental Health Leads and helps drive school development processes forward, whilst creating outstanding outcomes and awards for many organisations. She is a trailblazer within the Wellbeing Lead Network for supporting pastoral teams. Her work is recognised by the DfE, NCB, The Anna Freud Centre and The Education Support Partnership as a lead influencer of mental health and wellbeing in education.

Kelly is currently leading on the DFE Wellbeing for Education Return Programme within Kent County Council.

See what others have to say about us

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"Both workplace and home situations can benefit from the sound advice of Andrea’s wealth of experience mixed with her sense of humour, both of which shine through. Thank-you for raising my awareness, answering my questions and helping me support my wife in her journey through this emotional minefield when she has felt lost and overwhelmed."

"Andrea has the ability to help people get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Her delivery is high energy and high impact and the feedback from our people has been very positive. I'd highly recommend her."

Excellent conference tackling strategies to improve attendance. Speakers were engaging and offered practical suggestions to implement. Another excellent day with NSMTC. I would highly recommend.


About the venue

Stay at home, get comfortable and enjoy our live interactive course via Zoom! You’ll receive the link a few days before the course date so you can get prepared (and excited) ahead of time.

Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • You’ll receive mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks to re-energise.
  • This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from!
  • Your course pack includes handouts, an M&S voucher for food, a snack, a pen and a notepad – we’ll send this to you before the day. Please note this is only for UK-based participants, international attendees will receive the pack via email.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the course.
  • This course is also available as an in-house / INSET training session at your school. Contact us for details.
  • The cost is per person.

Emotionally Based School Avoidance

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Monday 14 October 2024


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