Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Toolkit

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Toolkit

About the toolkit 

The EBSA toolkit provides guidance and resources for professionals working in or with schools. It should be used to develop an understanding of what leads children and young people to feel that they must avoid school.

The toolkit provides practical guidance on decision-making as well as detailed guidance on:

  • preventative strategies
  • assessing needs
  • intervention planning.

It should be used in partnership with children, young people and their parent/carers to ensure that reintegration planning is informed and collaborative.

If you have any questions relating to the toolkit email

View the EBSA Toolkit (PDF 671KB)

Please download the appendices (referenced in the toolkit) to be able to type directly onto the document. This can then be saved digitally or printed. 

Appendices 1 to 5 include screening and audit tools for whole-school early identification of pupils at risk of becoming EBSA, identifying gaps in provision for students, and tasks to help teachers and parents help support individuals. 

Appendix 6 (EBSA formulation tool) is a document designed to be continually updated as you develop your understanding of the needs underpinning a student’s EBSA. Schools are encouraged to submit this document when making requests for advice from the Integrated SEND service or the Educational Psychology team.

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