Free webinar: Responding to Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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SecEd is to host a free-to-attend webinar focused on solutions and strategies to respond to Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA).

Taking place from 4pm on Wednesday, December 8, the hour-long webinar will offer practical advice for supporting students who are struggling to attend school.

Our expert panel includes mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith; Laura Juniper, who is SENCO at The Reach Free School in Hertfordshire; and Sarah Clarke, the curriculum engagement and safeguarding lead at Wilmslow High School in Cheshire.

The event is being supported by Academy 21, an online alternative provision, and also joining the panel will be its head, Clare Brokenshire.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, EBSA has become an even bigger challenge for schools – but it can be a difficult issue to address.

This webinar will seek to offer practical solutions, advice, and ideas for schools to help them engage effectively with students and successfully bring them back into school, while at the same time protecting their wellbeing and mental health.

We will consider common barriers to attendance, effective support plans, how to involve students in the solutions, and what early intervention looks like.

Key questions and themes on the agenda for the event include:

  • What is EBSA? How common is it? Why does it happen?
  • What are the most common barriers to attendance?
  • What has been the impact of Covid on EBSA?
  • What solutions do we have to break down barriers to attendance?
  • What are the other attendance challenges facing schools post-Covid?
  • What is the role of early intervention and an “assess-plan-do-review” action plan?
  • Effective support plans – what does one look like? The use of Pupil Stories.
  • How can we involve the student in the solution? What techniques and approaches are effective?
  • How can we work effectively with families?
  • How can we ensure education continues while children are not attending school?

To register to watch the webinar for free or to receive the download link afterwards, visit


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