Addressing emotionally-based school avoidance (CPD33B)

Identify the factors contributing to school avoidance and develop strategies to reduce its occurrence and impact on young people

What is emotionally-based school avoidance and what strategies can be implemented to address this issue?

The Department for Education states that ‘attendance is the essential foundation to positive outcomes’ within schools and educational settings have a duty to manage and improve it*.

In this live online course, experts from Gloucester House Outreach Service will introduce you to the issue of emotionally-based school avoidance (EBSA), its impact on attendance and the risk factors that can lead to its occurrence in children and young people. By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to implement universal and practical strategies that support your pupils and staff with EBSA.

Aims and learning objectives

After completing this course, you will understand:

  • the potential risk factors in the child, family, home, and the school environment that can lead to EBSA
  • practical classroom strategies that can be used to support children and young people with EBSA – and feel confident in analysing and implementing these
  • interventions that can support children and young people with EBSA in or outside of the classroom

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for staff working directly with children and young people who are experiencing low attendance. You might be a SENCO, learning support assistant, teacher, mental health lead, school leader, care home worker, healthcare assistant or working within a relevant role in the education, local authority, social care or charity sector.

Course details

The course consists of a live, two-hour session hosted via Zoom. You’ll be joining a supportive group and learn about the latest educational and clinical best practice from a leading practitioner. The workshop lead will tailor content based on the needs of your cohort and there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions during the interactive session. You’ll leave the session with take-away resources and practical strategies that you can implement in your setting.

Before attending this training, you will be required to complete a short pre-workshop activity (allow 30 minutes). Details will be provided in the joining instructions which you will receive one week before the online training session.

SessionDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/1New dates will be advertised soon – please register your interest to be the first to be notified when they are available.3:00pm5:00pm

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking (or equivalent for Teams).

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

Through interactive discussion you will learn how to:

  • define and understand emotionally-based school avoidance
  • identify and address transitions and changes that can impact a young person’s EBSA
  • help young people identify the physical signs of emotional dysregulation that can lead to EBSA
  • use emotion coaching to support young people who have experienced EBSA
  • use creative methods and strategies to engage young people in dialogue and identify the perceived barriers to attending school
  • implement reasonable adjustments to help young people reintegrate into school

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Gloucester House

For further information about Gloucester House Outreach Service, find out more on their website.

Why study with us?

This course has been developed in partnership with Gloucester House Outreach Service (GHOR), an integrated team of clinical and educational specialists that forms part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The service draws on its extensive combined experience in mental health and education to provide a holistic approach that addresses the most pressing needs and challenges facing the education sector today.

Course facilitators

Book your place today

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we’ll be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

We welcome group bookings. If you would like to book 5 or more delegates from your organisation, please contact us on


*Working together to improve school attendance (, Department for Education, 2022

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